The plan by FAC to organise a protest at SNP Spring 2014 conference was made a few weeks before the event. It was advertised on social media and on websites belonging to the organisations which make up FAC. Nothing too earthshattering here it has to be said – pretty standard stuff for single-issue campaigns such as our one against the Offensive Behaviour Act.
On the Thursday before the event (which took place on weekend of 11/12 April) the police emailed one of the organisers on her work email address instead of using the FAC email address which was widely available via the publicity for the event itself. Despite this, the organisers co-operated fully with the police in terms of outlining their arrangements, plans and expected numbers. We were a bit surprised when they told us they had ‘intelligence’ which suggested that smoke bombs would be let off, but ignored it as the nonsense it so patently was. They made a few more calls but there were no real issues to discuss and it all felt like overkill really.