Watching the Watcher’s
If you didnt read the latest statement by Fans Against Criminalisation then do yourself a favour and digest this excellent, straight to the point piece of work.
We missed blogging about the kettling incident but are well aware of it after promoting the initial rally on these pages, and were naturally saddened and upset about what we see as harrassment for simply asking for rights, rights that are promised to you under the law.
As many of us will know the dying main stream media does still unfortunately hold some sway over the populace there, so its very encouraging to be reading the bare naked truth on the pages which have traditionally been used for control and profit.
You may recall an open letter by Celtic fans calling out the board was refused in the rags and had to find a home abroad, its been ten years or so but here we do see fans having access to broadsheets, so one small advancement has been made, whether profit driven or not.
The cops themselves wont like being called out but then again they are thick skinned, and they have got away with their actions before despite outcry for instance heres an article from 2013 showing the exact same thing
If anyone can look at the similarities between the two incidents and not see an agenda then check yer pulse pal. When allied with the notorious dawn raids for songs and being filmed constantly its clear the Green Brigade have been designated a problem group that will come up against heavy handed tactics and the weight of the state in the courts.
But yet this isnt just a Tim problem. In 2017 the Rangers fans themselves were also kettled with the article and photos here apologies for the source
Anyone studying the pics or footage of these events will not see rioters forced together or a mob finally back under control or anything like that. You will see unreasonable actions by those with authority and numbers plus a blatant abuse of power caught for eternity.
All three occasions are also accompanied by strong words of condemnation, some from folk in positions of supposed authority, yet here we are and would you bet against it not happening again within a year?
For a nation that really really needs the fans to cross the turnstile, having the lifeblood of the game mistreated repeatedly with impunity flies in the face of reason. We have already seen them cost the public purse a fortune with a botched pursuit of Craigy Whyte, and now when we are in virus territory their actions could be considered extremely dangerous for public health. Ive yet to read reason why they kettle, they just do.
In these strange times with zero fans in attendance or limited numbers only, its only natural that the policing presence around games is reduced, but as a whole they will still be under pressure to justify their budgets,numbers, policies and the football fan has long been a soft target in that regard. Make an enemy out of them and you will always have an enemy around to police as they simply must come and thus your presence is justified. Dont be surprised if the checking of illegality and clamping down on anything at all actually increases the amount of arrests or fines per supporter attending when the lockdown is lifted for fans.
Its disgusting, and many of those cops will have jumped at the opportunity for weekend overtime pretending to do something useful for society, but actually just flexing muscle and helping divide it a little bit further.
Its not fans that need watching, its them.
The above is by Mahe. As usual the email is firstname.lastname@example.org