FAC visit to Parliament - a worthwhile event?

Published on Wednesday 24th April, 2013 by Celtic Trust

In the first of a series of reports, FAC members give their views on the protest

Here Martin give his take on the day

On Tuesday, I attended the Scottish Parliament with other members of Fans Against Criminalisation. This trip to Edinburgh coincided with the day that the justice committee were due to discuss the Offensive Behaviour at Football and Threatening Communications Act - or the 'anti-football act' as it's become known to some.

This was my second trip to the Parliament in recent years, the first being with FAC in December 2011. The purpose of that trip was to voice our displeasure at this bill as we believed it unfairly criminalised football fans, and felt that Celtic fans in particular would suffer from this. As we all know, our fears have been realised; and then some.

As a result, I wasn't really sure what to expect this time around. However, I have to say I am feeling a lot more optimistic now. As the two SNP MSP's answered questions and got involved in a lively debate with FAC members both young and old(er), I was taken aback and encouraged at how this campaign seems to be effecting them. They looked extremely uneasy, they contradicted one another and on occasion, didn't make much sense. It was quite intriguing watching them shift uncomfortably as articulate working class men and women pressurised them in a calm manner over this poorly-scribbled piece of legislation.   They were made aware, in no uncertain terms, that we will continue to fight this and it is imperative that we, the Celtic support, do just that until this Act is thrown out.

Here the FAC report into the policing of the Green Brigade corteo on 16th March 2013 (based on witness statements collected by FAC) is handed over to the Shadow Justice Secretary, Lewis Macdonald MSP.

FAC report handed over

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