Fans Against Criminalisation Demo – Report and Images

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Today’s first demonstration arranged by Fans Against Criminalisation was a great success. The turnout was great over 2,000 Celtic fans turned up to show their support for the cause. One of the most pleasing aspects was age and gender range of the demonstrators.

The rally got under way just after 12.30 when a spokesman from F.A.C opened the rally (apologies as I did not catch all of the names of the speakers) F.A.C spelled out the reason that we were all there for. We will not be criminalised or blamed for the failure of politicians, the Police and the judiciary in this country to tackle sectarianism and racism. Neither will we be blamed for public disorder and wife beating.

A representative from the Celtic Trust Jeanette Findlay informed us of the underhanded approach taken by Msp’s who wish to criminalise the Celtic Support to “even the balance”. We all know this proposed law is in part about dragging our support down with the real bigots. Jeanette also reminded us of the complete nonsense trotted out by some Msp’s  that people may face criminal prosecution for signing God Save The Queen or blessing yourself. It was also highlighted that most cases of domestic violence take place around the 24th-26th of December and the 1st and 2nd of January. So the question was asked. Are they going to ban Xmas and New Year ?

Joe O’Rourke General Secretary of the Celtic Supporters Association was next to speak. Joe is a seasoned campaigner for Celtic fans and the club in general and he wasted not time in pointing the finger at the Crown Office who mysteriously destroyed data that proved the vast majority of sectarian attacks were against Roman Catholics especially around Orange Order parades. Joe also made it clear that CSA will stand behind any Celtic fan who is wrongfully charged, prosecuted or imprisoned. I had the pleasure of meeting Joe after the demo and he’s agreed to do a wee piece for TCN on this nonsense over the next few weeks.

There was also a representative of Association of Irish Celtic Supporters Clubs who informed the crowd of the intimidation of Celtic fans travelling over from Ireland to support their club. It’s fantastic to know that we have the full support of our brothers and sisters from across the Irish sea.

After the rally the demonstrators began a good natured and well behaved march to Celtic park. Shortly before kick off many banners were displayed around the whole stadium from CSC’s calling for this bill to be killed.

The whole feeling from start to finish was brilliant. It was my nephews first ever political demonstration and I was proud that he realised just how special Celtic FC and the Celtic family is.

This is just the beginning. F.A.C will be rolling out more events over the weeks and months ahead. We ask that all Celtic fans no matter where you live around the world make your voices heard and stand shoulder to shoulder with Fans Against Criminalisation.

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18 thoughts on “Fans Against Criminalisation Demo – Report and Images”

  1. Fantastic turnout today, a massive well done to everyone involved in organising it.

    My dad hasn’t bothered much with football in the past 15 years, and hasnt been to a game in all that time either. He rarely speaks about football, so you could imagine my surprise when i turned up and seen him standing there holding a Stop Nonsense Policing plaque. He’s recently recovered ftom a very serious illness and to stand there with him today, both of us with the same concerns about this new legislation, made me a very proud man.

    Again, just like to congratulate all concerned on a very successful day. Well done

    PMFA-No1

    1. It was really important that there was a good cross section of the support today. It give’s the cause more validation to know that Celtic fans of all ages were involved. #HH

  2. Fantastic turnout today, a massive well done to everyone involved in organising it.

    My dad hasn’t bothered much with football in the past 15 years, and hasnt been to a game in all that time either. He rarely speaks about football, so you could imagine my surprise when i turned up and seen him standing there holding a Stop Nonsense Policing plaque. He’s recently recovered ftom a very serious illness and to stand there with him today, both of us with the same concerns about this new legislation, made me a very proud man.

    Again, just like to congratulate all concerned on a very successful day. Well done

    PMFA-No1

    1. It was really important that there was a good cross section of the support today. It give’s the cause more validation to know that Celtic fans of all ages were involved. #HH

  3. Fantastic demo, well organised and the respect for the speakers was top class! The behaviour from the Celtic supporters once again could not be questioned. Pity the same could not be said for Strathclyde Police.

    Aggressive, antagonistic, over-zealous force subjected on Celtic supporters. Never in my years of watching Celtic have I witnessed such pre-meditated violence against my fellow supporters.

    Section 111 was subjected to over Policing, Cameras the entirety of the match, police moving into the section with no justification, then at the end of the match, the police ran for the Green Brigade, provoking, and inciting trouble. They then felt fit to throw punches at supporters for no reason other that they were leaving the ground. Shameful….Politically motivated hate crimes carried out by those in a position to uphold law and order. Utter Scum!

    We will not be criminalised, We will not be Silenced. Tal.

    1. The demo couldn’t have went any better, only thing that could be changed for next one is getting a PA system. All the speakers where excellent, it takes guts to speak in front of 1500/2000 people, and not 400 as has been suggested elsewhere!

      I think it was plain for all to see that the police where not happy with the success of the demo. This was demonstrated by the intimidation, brutality and sheer hatred (could see it in their faces) from Strathclyde Police in section 111 today vented towards the Green Brigade section.

      What happened on Saturday during and after the game was an absolute disgrace and that my friends is Scotland’s Shame! It is time for ALL Celtic fans to stick together, yes its only the Green Brigade that seem to be getting targeted just now within Parkhead but they will come for you next!

      I wonder if Mr Lawell has the guts to come out and condem this totally unjustified action by Strathclyde Police since he was watching it unfold from the main stand!

      I think we may be waiting a while though!

      1. It’s about time the politicians called the Police to book rather than helping them to create police state in this country.

  4. Fantastic demo, well organised and the respect for the speakers was top class! The behaviour from the Celtic supporters once again could not be questioned. Pity the same could not be said for Strathclyde Police.

    Aggressive, antagonistic, over-zealous force subjected on Celtic supporters. Never in my years of watching Celtic have I witnessed such pre-meditated violence against my fellow supporters.

    Section 111 was subjected to over Policing, Cameras the entirety of the match, police moving into the section with no justification, then at the end of the match, the police ran for the Green Brigade, provoking, and inciting trouble. They then felt fit to throw punches at supporters for no reason other that they were leaving the ground. Shameful….Politically motivated hate crimes carried out by those in a position to uphold law and order. Utter Scum!

    We will not be criminalised, We will not be Silenced. Tal.

    1. The demo couldn’t have went any better, only thing that could be changed for next one is getting a PA system. All the speakers where excellent, it takes guts to speak in front of 1500/2000 people, and not 400 as has been suggested elsewhere!

      I think it was plain for all to see that the police where not happy with the success of the demo. This was demonstrated by the intimidation, brutality and sheer hatred (could see it in their faces) from Strathclyde Police in section 111 today vented towards the Green Brigade section.

      What happened on Saturday during and after the game was an absolute disgrace and that my friends is Scotland’s Shame! It is time for ALL Celtic fans to stick together, yes its only the Green Brigade that seem to be getting targeted just now within Parkhead but they will come for you next!

      I wonder if Mr Lawell has the guts to come out and condem this totally unjustified action by Strathclyde Police since he was watching it unfold from the main stand!

      I think we may be waiting a while though!

      1. It’s about time the politicians called the Police to book rather than helping them to create police state in this country.

  5. It was a fantastic turn-out from the Celtic support, this is a rolling campaign; so there will be plenty of oppertunities to show our support again; as i said yesterday; “This isn’t the end, this is just the beginning.
    Hail Hail.
    Joe

  6. It was a fantastic turn-out from the Celtic support, this is a rolling campaign; so there will be plenty of oppertunities to show our support again; as i said yesterday; “This isn’t the end, this is just the beginning.
    Hail Hail.
    Joe

  7. Enjoyed the game in that the gb and surrounding werent standing for the governments sectarian anti sectarian policies HH

  8. Enjoyed the game in that the gb and surrounding werent standing for the governments sectarian anti sectarian policies HH

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