Good Turnout at St.Mary’s for FAC #tcnfacfiles

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Delighted to report that from what I seen there was a great response today at the Fans Against Criminalisation evidence gathering session in regards of last weeks Gallowgate Tea Party (Kettle supplied) hosted by Strathclyde’s finest.

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As you can see from the picture I took some legal steps to hide my identity from any nosey coppers who might have been just ‘sort of’ hanging around. 🙂

I met and had a chat with some cracking people and acording to them the place had been busy from the moment it opened.

I’d like to thank all the people from FAC who gave up their free time to take evidence from supporters. Your hands must be sore.

Special Hail, Hail to Hugh,Danny and Angela it was nice to chat.

Hail Hail

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Copy of Email sent to CFC & FAC #tcnfacfiles

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Sent to fansagainstcriminalisation@gmail.com and operations@celticfc.co.uk

Sir’s, I would like to draw your attention to the incident which took place in the Gallowgate area of Glasgow on Saturday 16th of March 2013 between 12.50pm and 2.10pm where my wife and myself witnessed what can only be described as over the top Police tactics perpetrated against a peaceful group of Celtic fans and some members of the general public. Continue reading “Copy of Email sent to CFC & FAC #tcnfacfiles”

Reaction to the GB and Celtic Statements. #tcnfacfiles

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Now that we have had statements from both the Green Brigade and Celtic Football club we still await a statement from Strathclyde police on FOCUS operations. I won’t hold my breath.

I welcome the Club’s statement regarding the safety and welfare of the supporters and the fact they have made it clear who fans can complain to if they feel they are being harassed by the Police. Now no one should be in any doubt how to complain to the Club and the Club have no excuse for not following up complaints. Here’s hoping for a truly transparent process.
Continue reading “Reaction to the GB and Celtic Statements. #tcnfacfiles”

Report from Offensive Behaviour Meeting #tcnfacfiles

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By Paul McKenna – Bishop Crosas CSC.

This ill advised law which many of us fought against comes into force on March first. Paul McKenna of Bishop Crosas CSC attended a Q&A session last night and has provided TCN with the key points from the meeting.

“Attended a meeting with the police team that will run the offensive behaviour act coming March 1st.

Mentions of the IRA in any song will not be allowed. Other teams mentioned are Hearts & Rangers with the famine song and Aberdeen with the Ibrox disaster. None of these are allowed under the bill.Question came up about ‘aggressive blessing’. They said you can bless yourself at games like the players do as they come on and off the park but they wont allow charging toward the segregation fence facing opposing fans and blessing yourself in front of them as this will be seen to ‘wind them up’, to use a looser term than offending them.

Also asked if using the word ‘hun’ would be sectarian, the answer was NO! As a stand alone word it will not stand up in court as hatred/offensive etc. But if you add on other offensive terms then it MAY fall into breaking the new law. For example: “you orange bastard dirty hun”, that’s an example I’m using there as an indicator of what I thought they meant.

‘Boys of the old brigade’ will be punishable under the new law as deemed by Lord Advocate to be in support of a terrorist organisation.

National anthems are EXEMPT from this new law at football grounds.

Law extends to travel periods. This will extend to a 12 hour window before and after a game. For example, act in a way that this law deems offensive 4 hours after a game in the pub then punishable under the penalties imposed as if you were at the ground.

Big clamp down on internet hate, especially on Facebook and Twitter. Places like ‘Huddleboard and ‘Follow Follow’ etc can’t be viewed by police until a member of that board reports a post. Same punishment of up to 5 years applies for internet related hatred/bigotry etc.

Offences committed by non-Scottish residents will be pursued for prosecution although admitted this will be tougher but will look at each case as and when it happens.

‘Having a party when Rangers die’ has been used by Celtic and Killie fans recently and if continues WILL NOT fall into breaking the new legislation as they see this in the context of banter.

The police presence at games will not increase or get heavy handed they say.

The meeting lasted a while and the questions don’t have to stop there. Lots more was discussed but the above is what I believe to be the main points that affect my attendance at a game. Aberdeen and Hearts fans were in attendance but didn’t really say much.”  @BishopCrosasCSC

Remember today when you go to the ballot box #tcnfacfiles

TCN FAC Files No 16 of 84 Dec 14th 2011

The SNP have got their way and pushed through an ill thought out and dangerous piece of legislation against the wishes of most of the country. They have succeeded in criminalising football supporters and done absolutely nothing about sectarianism in Scottish society. This smacks of narrow minded thinking and total arrogance. Continue reading “Remember today when you go to the ballot box #tcnfacfiles”

Illicit Scottish Songs. Your move Alex. #tcnfacfiles

TCN FAC Files No 14 of 84 Nov 26th 2011
Here’s a few Scottish songs that might put you in Jail under the new law.

These songs are openly seditious to the Crown, openly anti English and one openly slates King William of Orange. As a Scotsman I’m proud of these songs. However this is just the tip of the iceberg as far as oppression in Scotland is concerned. Scotland got totally raped in the same way as Ireland did by the English and their home grown collaborators (now known as the Conservative and Unionist Party ). Continue reading “Illicit Scottish Songs. Your move Alex. #tcnfacfiles”

FAC.Legal Defence Fund launched #tcnfacfiles

TCN FAC Files No 11 of 84 Nov 17th 2011

Published on Wednesday 16th November, 2011 by Celtic Trust

Many of you will be aware of the case of the young boy from Section 111 who was held in prison from Friday of last week till late last night when he was released, on the orders of the Lord Advocate, from Polmont Prison.  All this for the terrible crime of singing a song at a football match two weeks previously.  This case highlights the fear that many of us have around both the introduction of the Offensive Behaviour at Football Bill and the zealous nature of the policing of football in the run-up to it.

Many of us are clear that if we cannot defeat this Bill then we will need to be ready to defend Celtic fans on a case by case basis and some of the existing supporters’ organisations have committed themselves to this.  However, there have been a number of calls for a Defence Fund to be set up and this has now been done.

The FAC Legal Defence Fund has now been launched.  A bank account is being set up which will have as its main signatories Alex Mosson, the former Lord Provost of Glasgow and a member of the Board of the Celtic Trust; John Andrews, the President of the Celtic Supporters’ Association and Alan Horne, the President of the Affiliation of Registered Celtic Supporters Clubs.  In the meantime, you will be able donate via Paypal on those sites belonging to the member organisations of FAC who have this facility ie the Celtic Trust, the CSA, the Affiliation, the Irish Association and the Green Brigade.

If you are donating to the Fund in this way, please remember to indicate that the donation is for the FAC LDF.  If you forget to do this on Paypal then a simple email with the details to the relevant organisation should suffice.

The Celtic Trust paypal button can be found at the bottom of the home page and is marked Donate.

http://www.celtictrust.net/

What’s Strathclyde Police’s Game ? #tcnfacfiles

TCN FAC Files No 10 of 84 Nov 14th 2011

As you all know by now I’m in favour of sticking to Celtic songs at games but we’ll put that to one side just now.

The news that a senior Strathclyde Police officer Eddie Smith approached UEFA delegates and made a complaint about what he classed as illicit chants at the Celtic Rennes game raises a few questions about the Polices motives.

As far as I’m aware the club were not notified at any time by the Police that this action had been taken. Why was this? I would have thought the club would have been the first people to be informed.

Another question is was this the first ever football match this particular Plod ever visited? I take it he was off duty during the league cup final and other Glasgow derbies over the past few seasons.

And finally (for now). How far up the chain of command and I’m including the SNP Government was it known that Smith would be carrying out this strange course of action?

Strathclyde Police do not enjoy the best of relationships with the Celtic support so unless they come out and explain how and why this unprecedented action was taken the relationship will only deteriorate.

FAC meeting abandoned after Scotland’s Shame turn up. #tcnfacfiles

TCN FAC Files No 9 of 84 Nov 12th 2011

The wife and myself made it down to Whitehill secondary for the FAC public meeting. We arrived around 12.45 and left by 1.00.

We were really looking forward to to hearing the speakers and getting ideas on pushing the campaign forward. Unfortunately five minutes after we arrived a group of RFC casuals turned up and announced themselves by shouting “Trick or Treat”. They sat themselves at the back of the small lecture theatre and someone from FAC told them that this was a serious meeting and that no one wanted any trouble. Not one of them had the decency to answer or allay any fears that they were there disrupt the meeting.

My wife became very uneasy with the atmosphere that developed so I suggested that we go out and move the car into the car park get some fresh air and then see how she felt. Well she made it clear when we were outside that she did not want to go back in. I agreed because I had a real nasty feeling about these lowlifes. They were not there to support the campaign but to disrupt the meeting. So we headed home. On the way back to the car we met another Celtic fan who said there was no point staying after “they” had turned up.

I don’t know what happened after we left but I’ve read some unsavoury chants were made. The problem with the Rangers support is that they have a large group of mindless facist thugs who follow that club. These people represent the dregs of Scottish society.

I feel sorry for those who organised and attended the meeting in good faith but once again Scotland’s Shame ruined the day.

Fans against Criminalisation Public Meeting 2 #tcnfacfiles

TCN FAC Files No 8 of 84 Nov 8th 2011

Lets unite and push this campaign forward!

There will be a Fans Against Criminalisation Public Meeting on Saturday 12 November (next Saturday) from 1-2.30.

Following on from the debate in the Scottish Parliament last week when the Government-sponsored Bill was opposed by every single MSP except those of the Government’s own party, it is important that we push on with the united opposition to this unnecessary but very dangerous legislation.

Details of speakers to follow. Please pass this information around.

The meeting will now take place between 1.00 and 2.30 at  Whitehill Secondary School, 280 Onslow Drive Dennistoun G31 2QF.

Latestest Update From @FACKilltheBill

Justice Committee support the Repeal Bill

ustice Committee of the Scottish Parliament publishes its Stage 1 report on the Repeal of the Offensive Behaviour at Football and Threatening Communication (Scotland) 2012 Act

Following the largest public consultation that the Scottish Parliament has ever had on any issue, the Justice Committee began hearing oral evidence on 3rd October 2017. There followed several sessions which involved legal bodies, fans groups, the football authorities, academics, the police and civil rights and equalities bodies and which concluded on 12 December 2017.

The overwhelming message which was given to the Justice Committee was that the Act was unnecessary, illiberal, damaging to police-fan relations and potentially in breach of the European Convention on Human Rights.

In light of this, the Justice Committee has today recommended the Repeal Bill to the Parliament and the vote on the Stage 1 report will take place on 25th of September.

We call on all MSPs to recognise that this law is bad law, it is a failure and it needs to be repealed as a matter of urgency so that the injustice meted out to young football fans can stop and the damage which it has caused can begin to be repaired. This also leaves the way clear for a sensible and mature discussion to take place which addresses those social issues which the Act was alleged to be about but which have been advanced not one iota since 2011.

Having campaigned against this Act for close to seven years, we now look forward to the next stage in the process (amendments) and the eventual Stage 3 vote which will see this ‘stain on the reputation of the Scottish legal system’ finally removed.

Original content posted by FAC .http://fansagainstcriminalisation.com/justice-committee-support-the-repeal-bill/  Please visit their site, they have done fantastic work on behalf of ALL football fans in Scotland.

First @FACKilltheBill Demo – Report and Images #tcnfacfiles

TCN FAC Files No 7 of 84 Oct 29th 2011
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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Big Day on and off the park #tcnfacfiles

TCN FAC Files No 7 of 84 Oct 29th 2011

Celtic fans have a big day ahead. Firstly there is the Fans Against Criminalisation demo in George square at 12.30pm then it’s on to Celtic park to support the team against Hibs in the SPL.

A good turn out at the demo and a win at Celtic park should make this a day to remember.

TCN will be attending both events and we will publish a small report on the demo with pictures later today as well as the usual match images.

Hail Hail and Kill The Bill

@FACKilltheBill Call First Public Meeting #tcnfacfiles

TCN FAC Files No 6 of 84 Oct 18th 2011

Fans Against Criminalisation will be holding our first public demonstration against the Bill in Glasgow’s George Square on Saturday, 29th October at 12.30 (assemble 12 noon).

George Square is the historic seat of civic government in Glasgow and has been Scotland’s place of protest for a century or more. In 1919, the military were deployed to break a mass protest outside the City Chambers while more recently it has been the rallying point for Poll Tax and anti-war protests.

It is now time for Celtic fans to unite and show Alex Salmond that, like the Poll Tax was for Thatcher, the unnecessary, unworkable and discriminatory Offensive Behaviour at Football Bill could be his downfall. Come along and support Fans Against Criminalisation and send Salmond and co. the message that we will not be criminalised.

TCN FAC Files No 3 of 84 Oct 6th 2011 #tcnfacfiles

Fans Against Criminalisation – New Campaign against anti-Football Bill

Today saw the launch of Fans against Criminalisation. 

It was backed by the Celtic Trust web site Complete with a Launch statement that you can read HERE .

We would ask that all Celtic fans and fans of other clubs support this new campaign by following and liking the Facebook page which has been set up https://www.facebook.com/pages/Fans-Against-Criminalisation/159607327462384?sk=wall .(page no longer exists)

We would all like to see an end to Sectarianism ,Racism and Bigotry especially us Celtic fans who have mainly been on the receiving end but this bill is completely flawed, ill thought out and an attack on freedom of speech and expression. It also singles out football fans as scapegoats for social problems that politicians and the Police have failed to address.

Today the Labour Party refused to back this bill which is to be welcomed. It’s a pity that the Labour Party and other parties were too quick to jump on Mr Salmond’s band waggon before the last election, alas that’s politicians for you.

“The overwhelming weight of legal opinion is against the new law as being both unnecessary and impractical”. A senior law figure

There are huge concerns being voiced across the legal establishment and human rights activists. You can make your way through some of these links and you will find that this law is not only impracticable but is also Unnecessary.

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http://scotslaw.wordpress.com/2011/07/14/offensive-and-threatening-behaviour-and-the-anti-sectarian-bill/
http://scotslawthoughts.wordpress.com/2011/06/20/how-many-cases/
http://www.indexoncensorship.org/2011/08/old-firm-sectarianism-bill-a-threat-to-free-speech/
http://scotslawthoughts.wordpress.com/2011/06/22/roseanna-cunningham-apparently-fails-to-read-her-own-brief/

The time has come for football fans to make their voices heard. Regardless of who you support please back this campaign and contact your MSP and tell them that you are against this law.

You can find your local MSP here:

http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/msp/memberspages/mspaddresspostcodefinder.htm

TCN FAC Files No 1 of 84 August 2011 #tcnfacfiles

As we get closer to the repeal of this human rights busting act we want to remind and educate people on the impact this act has had on ordinary football fans lifes and explain why this act was never needed. We ask that you share these articles. to reinforce the effort to have this act repealed. Thank you.

We don’t need no legislation

Is the proposed legislation needed ?

5th August 2011.

The proposed Offensive Behaviour at Football and Threatening Communications (Scotland) Bill has caused great concerns to be raised by not only Celtic fans but fans of many clubs.

The Scottish Government and others are adamant that they need to bring in these laws to combat sectarianism, bigotry and online hate campaigns. However it is felt by many that we already have the laws in place to deal with these crimes already.

On Wednesday a person appeared on petition at Stirling Sheriff Court in relation to the creating of websites which carried sectarian hate messages about Celtic manager Neil Lennon.

The charges brought were:

  1. Breach of the Peace
  2. Breach of the Peace with religious aggravation
  3. Breach of Section38(1) of the Criminal Justice and Licensing (Scotland) Act 2002

We should highlight that in accordance with the law this person is presumed as innocent until proven guilty of these charges. However this example serves to show that current legislation can deal with the problems we face.

These charges suggest to me and many others that we do have sufficient laws in place to bring someone before a court and therefore there is absolutely no need for this ill thought out legislation to proceed to law.

In support of this I would ask you to read this article on a freedom of information request lodged by a legal professional http://scotslaw.wordpress.com/2011/07/14/offensive-and-threatening-behaviour-and-the-anti-sectarian-bill/

It appears to support the idea that there is in fact no need for any new laws or powers for the Police.

It has been clear to many of us that the only reason this situation has came about is down to the fact that the Police and politicians in this country have turned a deaf ear to the mass sectarian and racist singing coming from Rangers supporters which has grown to disgusting proportions over the past ten years.

Instead of enforcing the existing laws the Police and also the SFA and SPL have stood by and done nothing. The only people to have done anything to tackle this disgusting behaviour are UEFA who it must be noted are not based in Scotland.

The proposed Offensive Behaviour at Football and Threatening Communications (Scotland) Bill will not do anything to stamp out sectarianism or racism in this country it will simply introduce blanket criminalisation of football fans.

What will help stamp out Sectarianism and racism is for the Police to do their job right within the existing legal framework. We as a society can also help by educating young people that this type of stuff is simply wrong and has no place in modern multicultural Scotland.

We ask all fans regardless of which team you support who believe that this legislation is flawed and unnecessary to contact their MSP and ask them to vote against this proposition becoming law.

You can find your local MSP here:

http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/msp/memberspages/mspaddresspostcodefinder.htm

Please give us your views regardless of whether you are for or against this.

Originally published by The Celtic Network August 5th 2011.

Axe The Act – Contact Your MSP

New email campaign launched today

As we write the draft Stage 1 report from the Justice Committee of the Scottish Parliament is being prepared.  This report which summarises the evidence provided  in relation to the Repeal of the Offensive Behaviour and Threatening Communications (Scotland) Act 2012 will be presented to Parliament and voted on before 26 January 2018.  That vote will complete Stage 1 of the legislative process.  Stage 2 relates to any amendments and Stage 3 is the final vote on the Bill itself.

Continue reading “Axe The Act – Contact Your MSP”

Guilty ! A Film by FAC

Guilty: The Story of the Offensive Behaviour at Football Act

Guilty: The Story of the Offensive Behaviour at Football Act from Green Brigade on Vimeo.

Scrap The Football Act Info

Click here to see how long you have left to play your part in repealing the Offensive Behaviour Act! Continue reading “Scrap The Football Act Info”

FAC activist targeted by police

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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. Continue reading “FAC activist targeted by police”