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. Continue reading “Fans Against Criminalisation Demo – Report and Images”
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. Continue reading “Big Day on and off the park”
We picked up a tweet by @FACKilltheBill today which contained a link to an article on the Scottish Law Reporter blog. It appears that the statistics for sectarian attacks in Scotland since 2003 have been destroyed by the Crown office.
These are the very statistics that Alex Salmond assured the Catholic church would be released in order to show the true nature of sectarian attacks since 2003. It is believed that the Statistics would show that the majority of victims of sectarian attacks were Roman Catholics and that the vast majority were surrounding Orange parades and NOT football games as the Police would like us to believe.
Once again this reinforces the view that the current anti football fan bill making it’s way through Parliament is a nonsense as it would appear that the majority of sectarian offences have nothing to do with football and everything to do with the intolerance of the Roman Catholic faith in Scotland.
The fact that these statistics were destroyed by the Crown office should raise many questions not only from the public but from MSP’s as well. However the main question that should be asked is. “Is this evidence of Institutional Sectarianism in Scotland”?
A new campaign group, Fans Against Criminalisation, has been formed by Celtic fans to campaign against the first part of the Offensive Behaviour at Football and Threatening Communications Bill.
Following the so-called ‘Shame Game’ last March, the police and the Scottish Government called Celtic and Rangers to a summit to discuss a range of societal problems they claimed football was responsible for. Since then, the ills of society have been laid at football’s door and football fans have been blamed for everything from sectarianism to drink-fuelled domestic abuse. The government and a hitherto compliant Scottish media have portrayed the Offensive Behaviour at Football Bill as ‘anti-sectarian’ legislation. Continue reading “The Celtic Network Supports – Fans Against Criminalisation”
Today the Green Brigade staged a silent protest against the criminalisation of football supporters and in particular the constant harassment of fans in and around area 111. Unfortunately I had to miss the game today but had I been there I would have backed the Green Brigade to the hilt.
While there is a need for the implementation of the thretening communications part of this proposed bill the “Offensive behaviour” part of the bill is ill thought out and practically unenforceable. This section of the proposed act is nothing more than the blanket criminalisation of football supporters. Continue reading “Celtic Fans Should Back The Green Brigade”
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. Continue reading “We don’t need no legislation”