Sevco Sectarianism but Police Swamp CATB gig

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Well once again it’s been a crazy weekend in the ‘best wee country in the world’. Sectarian singing is condemned by an ESPN presenter and they say they will contact the Police and Authorities to ‘see if they can do something’. Once again it takes someone from outside Scotland to highlight the bigotry in the Sevco support.
What the FOcUS unit were doing while this was going on remains at this point a mystery. Ok the game was played in England but a Strathclyde police FOcUS unit would have been attached to that game since it is a game regulated by Scottish football authorities with Scottish fans in attendance and therefor falls nicely into the new football laws.
So lets take a look at the Police. Just over a week ago the Green Brigade walked away from Celtic Park because of what they seen is constant harassment and bully boy tactics of Strathclyde’s finest. Some quarters in our support were quick to point the finger at the group for bringing it on themselves. What I want to ask is the following is the following another example of people bringing it on themselves ?
On Saturday I was contacted by a close friend who attended a Charlie and the Bhoys gig in the Bank Roll in Balmore industrial estate in Glasgow. My friend lives roughly o.2 km from the event so she knows the area well and the normal level of beat constables assigned to that area.
Despite this being a private function where everyone was asked to submit their names and the promoter hiring extra security that did not seem to be enough for Strathclyde Police who had roughly 50 officers deployed to Police around 85 people and as things turned out they did not appear to my friend and others to be there to protect anyone.
From 6.00 pm 2 hrs before the gig there where three riot vans and and 2 marked police cars plus CID plain cloth units. Over the course of the gig the Police were constantly ‘visiting’ the venue. Over policing ? I would think so. On the way home my friend was stopped 4 times by different sets of officers ask for names and addresses and what they were up to. Now remember their home was only o.2 from the venue. My friend also had to intervene on 2 occasions to stop the Police needlessly trying to lift a 19 yr old in a Celtic top. The 19 yr old was with a crowd of pals but he was the only one with a Celtic Top on. My friend managed to organise Taxis  to get the younger people out of the area asap.
The police were constantly stopping people at random and seemed intent on getting a few collars. Thankfully the people attending the gig behaved and got out the road. I know and trust the person who gave me this info. The person in question is grown up with a family and is a law abiding citizen but what they witnessed made them so angry they contacted me. Unfortunately due to a ‘busy’ weekend I was unable to talk to my friend until tonight.
So were these people at the CATB gig bringing it on themselves or is it a case of anyone who shows any interest in anything Irish be it politics or songs are now targets for the Police ?
Remember this is a country that sweeps anti Catholic and Irish racism and sectarianism under the carpet and calls it simply ‘inappropriate’ .
 

Comments

  1. JasCam
    I was preparing something along these lines myself but what I had to say may have been overshadowed by a much more serious innuendo. I have a good source telling me that much of the discrimination has been rooted out of the police but instances such as the one you describe would appear to belie this image. On the other hand, if there is an underground or secretive police group for the purpose of specialised targeting, then Glasgow is in danger of becoming a nefarious city and not because of its gangsters. Knowing how much politics are wrapped up in this type of focus, the whole country needs to be aware of the possible strings attached to independence. They may not be as easily broken once in place. However, well informed and careful voting could prevent them being secured in the first place.
    H H

    1. PB, I have been shouting for Independence for years however seeing what is going on around me is putting me off.

  2. JasCam
    I was preparing something along these lines myself but what I had to say may have been overshadowed by a much more serious innuendo. I have a good source telling me that much of the discrimination has been rooted out of the police but instances such as the one you describe would appear to belie this image. On the other hand, if there is an underground or secretive police group for the purpose of specialised targeting, then Glasgow is in danger of becoming a nefarious city and not because of its gangsters. Knowing how much politics are wrapped up in this type of focus, the whole country needs to be aware of the possible strings attached to independence. They may not be as easily broken once in place. However, well informed and careful voting could prevent them being secured in the first place.
    H H

    1. PB, I have been shouting for Independence for years however seeing what is going on around me is putting me off.

  3. This story is indeed alarming but I would like to think that you are writing a recorded delivery letter to the Chief constable and also your MP.
    The same goes for the information on the GB website regarding harrassment.
    If you do not get a proper response go to the Police Complaints Authority.
    I’m very sympathetic to this situation, and you maybe sceptical of the official channels, but you must attempt to go down this route.
    Keep every piece of correspondence you receive and start to create a dossier.
    Contact a human rights organisation or even amnesty international who are always interested in persecuted minorities.

    1. Post it to your MSP, both constituancy and list, as your MP has nothing to do with policing in Scotland.

  4. This story is indeed alarming but I would like to think that you are writing a recorded delivery letter to the Chief constable and also your MP.
    The same goes for the information on the GB website regarding harrassment.
    If you do not get a proper response go to the Police Complaints Authority.
    I’m very sympathetic to this situation, and you maybe sceptical of the official channels, but you must attempt to go down this route.
    Keep every piece of correspondence you receive and start to create a dossier.
    Contact a human rights organisation or even amnesty international who are always interested in persecuted minorities.

    1. Post it to your MSP, both constituancy and list, as your MP has nothing to do with policing in Scotland.

  5. I am the organiser of the EK CATB gig and we had them over a few times last year. We have our next one on the 15th of March so will see how we get on. My gig is held in a council property, do you know the laws as far as can I refuse them entry if there is no reason for them to be there?

  6. I am the organiser of the EK CATB gig and we had them over a few times last year. We have our next one on the 15th of March so will see how we get on. My gig is held in a council property, do you know the laws as far as can I refuse them entry if there is no reason for them to be there?

  7. I agree with Justshatered, documented reports, complaints and video evidence have to be utilised to combat these attacks. While it will not stop the sectarianism of the establishment the evidence can be used to highlight its existence and implementation.

  8. I agree with Justshatered, documented reports, complaints and video evidence have to be utilised to combat these attacks. While it will not stop the sectarianism of the establishment the evidence can be used to highlight its existence and implementation.

      1. Australia you say eh? never fancied it myself i believe they have a 5088 supporters club.
        But good luck in your venture.

      1. Australia you say eh? never fancied it myself i believe they have a 5088 supporters club.
        But good luck in your venture.

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