Saturday, 28 July 2012

Strathclyde Police kettle and harass anti fascist protest!

The Glasgow Defence Campaign condemns the police state tactics used against protestors peacefully opposing the presence of fascists in Glasgow City Centre today. As has repeatedly been the case in Glasgow progressive protest, whether it is against the attack on living standards, in solidarity with asylum seekers or to oppose the presence of fascists, is intimidated, harassed and attacked by the uniformed racists of Strathclyde police. Today we saw a glimpse of what is to come in this country as the ruling class teaches its foot soldiers the art of controlling, limiting and crushing democratic rights.

After the small crowd of fascists were given police escort away from Buchanan Street around 80 -100 police officers proceeded to kettle anti-fascists. This lasted for over an hour before officers began demanding details and carrying out full body and bag searches as a condition of allowing people to exit the kettle. One man had his camera illegally confiscated and the GDC knows about two arrests that took place. The last arrest happened as the kettle dispersed when an anti fascist sat down in protest refusing to undergo a body search by officers. Responding to people urging him to accept the body search to avoid arrest, the activist stated ‘no it is a point of principle...i refuse to be searched as I’ve not done anything wrong...this is how people got the right to vote!’

The Glasgow Defence Campaign applauds the brave stand taken by this anti fascist and has contacted Stewart Street, Baird Street, Govan and Aikenhead police stations to inquire into the welfare of the two people arrested. All offices claim not to have the individuals in custody. The GDC will report on any updates we get and will post footage and pictures of today's events as soon as possible.

Strathclyde police - hands off protest!
Fascists off our streets!


  1. To support any of your supporters who get into an arrest or court situation like this - TELL THEM ABOUT the court change that has abolished the finality of all legal decisions.

    Because still waiting for you to make the court change public in any way, ti overturn its 13 years of hushing up by the poliical class, that is why I did not come to the demo.

  2. You are going to have to let us know what this court change is. If it kept you away from the anti- fascist demo it may affect others likewise. The footage I have just looked at makes that point vividly. Stand up to the fascists, oppose their right to organise and you are criminalised! These police exercises are also designed to put people off coming and intimidate those who do turn. And even if you are just walking by- like Ian Tomlinson! Let us know what the court change is and see if we should fight or accept it.
    Fight Racism! Fight Imperialism!


  3. Hi guys.

    I just want to thank everyone for there support during my time in custody for 2 days and 3 hours for refusing to be searched on the 28th July 2012 in Buchanan Street.

    I cant say it was pleasant sitting in a cell all that time but I will not be taken down and abused by the corporate police with there made up powers.

    Video to come soon

    Peace and love always