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At the link below we have provided some guidance on how to submit a response to the public consultation on the repeal of the Offensive Behaviour Act.
If you wish to fill the survey in offline rather than online then you can download an electronic version here:
Once completed it should be returned by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Or print it out in hard copy and post to: James Kelly MSP M1.17 Scottish Parliament Edinburgh EH99 1SP
Things have taken a cynical turn and it would appear that Police Scotland will go to extrodonary lengths to hold on to their ‘budget boost’ from the Scottish government.
As reported on the front page of the Herald today, a prominent activist within the FAC campaign and one of our public spokespersons was notified last Friday that he was being charged under the Offensive Behaviour Act. The charge relates to an allegation that he held a banner at a game more than six months ago which criticised the police.
In the more than four years that we have campaigned against this Act, we, as an organisation, have been followed, harassed and intimidated; our representatives have been forcibly prevented from taking notes in an open court and we have had a Section 12 Notice of the Public Order Act served upon us while lobbying the SNP conference. In each case our complaints against the police have been upheld and they have been forced to issue apologies.
Please read the full story here on the FAC website. http://fansagainstcriminalisation.com/campaign-news/
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When I set up TCN in 2011 it was against the background of the so called ‘shame game’ and the SNP’s ‘Summit’. Little did I realise that football fans from every club in Scotland would be criminalised from the outcome of the SNP’s ‘summit’. I won’t rake over the coals of the ‘shame’ game, we all have eyes in our head and as such know what happened.
The outcome though was disastrous in terms human rights and the freedom of expression of football fans by the SNP’s railroading through of The Offensive Behaviour at Football and Threatening Communications (Scotland) Act 2012. Enough has been said about how unworkable and useless this act is in terms of fighting sectarianism in Scottish society, so I won’t dwell on it. Basically the ‘act’ has been responsible for criminalising people who would not normally have seen the inside of a police station never mind a cell in their lives. We also must remember how this act has impacted and disrupted the lives of law abiding individuals and families through pointless court appearances.
Myself and TCN have been involved like many others in fighting first the introduction of this act and subsequently for the act to be axed. This was all done under the banner of ‘Fans Against Criminalisation’. I have been fortunate to be asked to attend press conferences and days at the Scot’s parliament with the group. I have seen at first hand how much hard work FAC and MSP’s from all other parties have put into this fight. Now there appears to be a light at the end of a very dark tunnel, I commend and thank them for all the hours given up to scrap this act and help football fans all over Scotland.
This site contains 90 articles which featured on TCN from 2011-2016 relating to Fans Against Criminalisation, fan harassment by the police,the treatment dished out to the Green Brigade by the authorities and board members of Celtic FC and what really happened in the Gallowgate in March 2013. This site and it’s twitter account has been approved by FAC.
Delighted to see that two police officers are now being investigated for perjury relating to one of the cases concerned with the Kettling and harassment Celtic fans suffered on the Gallowgate in March 2013.
A public meeting on ‘The Act, Policing and Civil Liberties in Scotland’ will be held in St Anne’s School in Crownpoint Road, Glasgow on Wednesday 10th June at 7 pm.