Social media footage has shown two groups clashing near the Royal Concert Hall and the steps at the Gallery of Modern Art area in Royal Exchange Square.
In the most serious escalation, a number of TikTok videos claim that “goth” groups gathering in the area have been ‘threatened with acid attacks’, reports Glasgow Live.
One video shows a young man throwing a lit paint flare into a crowd while another shows a young girl saying she had been “spat on”.
One of the victims, who wished to remain anonymous, told Glasgow Live: “Quite a few alternative/ goth kids hang out on the steps of the GOMA on weekends.
“There has been a Tiktok video recorded by one of them of an altercation following other youths. All the kids have been advising each other to stay away from Glasgow on the weekend.”
He added: “Some are afraid of another Sophie Lancaster situation.”
Sophie Lancaster, 20, and her boyfriend Robert Maltby were attacked by a number of teenage boys while walking through Stubbylee Park in Lancashire in 2007.
Sophie and her boyfriend Robert were goths and it is believed that was the motive behind the attack. Sadly, Sophie died from her head injuries in hospital.
An Instagram post warning people to stay away from the area said: “This isn’t the middle ages, you don’t need to defend territory against a potential threat.
“In this day and age no one should be afraid or have to hide who they are for fear of violence. Diversity is strength. Stay safe.”
One user commented: “As someone who regularly hangs about GOMA, it’s horrifying how bad things are getting.
“I don’t understand why the people targeting us think what they’re doing is okay in the slightest like I get we look ‘different’ but at the same time it’s no reason to turn up with smoke bombs etc to throw at us.
“Hopefully it gets sorted out soon and the police hopefully do get involved too because it’s scary being out and constantly having to watch our backs and surroundings for someone potentially attacking us.”
Police Scotland have said they are aware of the social media content relating to potential attacks and will be assigning extra patrols in the areas.
A spokesperson said: “We are aware of social media content relating to potential attacks in the Gallery of Modern Art area of Glasgow this weekend.
“Officers will be carrying out extra patrols in highlighted areas. Anyone with concerns relating to criminality should contact police.”