This will be updated as necessary. We welcome all submissions to this log of political police harassment, no matter how small. It is necessary to build up a clear picture of attacks on democratic rights in Glasgow and the behaviour of Strathclyde police, the officers, commanders and political figures involved. Please get in touch at email@example.com . Where possible, try to record the names and badge numbers of the police officers involved, and the time, date, location and background to the incident.
The Strathclyde community policing website provides the names and photographs of the local policing teams here. The Support Unit ‘V-Division’ - like the Territorial Support Group of London's Metropolitan police - is the specialist unit trained to police protests and demonstrations and conduct surveillance. See here
Please email, phone and write to the police offices involved to demand an end to police harassment and to complain of any mistreatment. Make sure they know that we won't go down without a fight!
Saturday 1 December 2012
Between 15.00-18.00hrs a peaceful protest against the presence of PM David Cameron in Glasgow City Centre was faced with lines of uniformed officers intimidating people with the threat of arrest for merely being in the area. Plain clothes officers mingled within the demonstration. Two arrests were made with one Socialist Workers Party activist, who has been the target of arrest before, singled out again after the protest dispersed with officers following him around the corner. The Public Order Act 1986 - http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/1986/64 - was used to dictate that the demonstration had to leave the area and be dispersed all together by 17.30hrs Find more details at http://glasgowdefencecampaign.blogspot.co.uk/2012/07/camerons-footsoldiers-no-shame.html
Thursday 28 June 2012FRFI supporter Dominic O’Hara is harassed by two officers of Strathclyde police (Badges G480 and G383) whilst petitioning at Lidl supermarket on Victoria Road in Govanhill, 7pm, to oppose the targeting of disabled people for welfare cuts. One of the officers, PC Willie Neil, who led harassment of Fight Racism! Fight Imperialism! supporters in Govanhill during the summer 2010, when attempts were made to ban the newspaper Fight Racism! Fight Imperialism! and charge those selling it with street trading offences, made the political nature of this harassment clear. More details available at - http://glasgowdefencecampaign.blogspot.co.uk/2012/06/loose-lips-sink-ships.html
Friday 8 June 2012
Friday 1 June 2012
Progressive activists across Britain are confronted by police officers on the eve of the chauvinistic Golden Jubilee celebrations, and issued warnings not to engage in disorder or to attend any of the gatherings called to oppose the monarchy. In Glasgow, a supporter of Fight Racism! Fight Imperialism! and the Glasgow Defence Campaign, who has been a consistent target of state harassment was visited at his home by plain clothes officers PC McFadden (H 567) and PC Daily (H 611) of Baird Street Police Office, without any legal authority to be told that engaging in ‘anti-social behaviour and violence’ would make him liable to arrest. The same two officers made trips to the homes of other activists in the city, some who still have outstanding charges from targeted arrests made after an anti-royal wedding party in Kelvingrove Park (see harassment log Wednesday 30/31 July 2011 for details) last year.
Saturday 19 May 2012
At 2pm on Bath Street in Glasgow City Centre GDC supporters come across a female officer (A366) and her colleague PC Ahmed (A415), both operating out of Stewart Street police station, harassing organizers and supporters of a static demonstration in support of the Tamil people. GDC supporters are subsequently harassed after intervening to point out that no notification is needed for a static demonstration. Despite this the officers unlawfully demand and collect details of an organiser.
Tuesday 17 April 2012
Thursday 26 January 2012
The first person to be tried for non-cooperation with Scotland's 2011 census appeared in Glasgow Sheriff court this morning. Barbara Dowling is pleading not guilty and representing herself. The judge supported the Crown’s motion to adjourn the trial to the following dates; Intermediate Diet, Wednesday 2 May, 10am in Court 10 and a Trial Diet, Tuesday 15 May, 10am in Court 16. She has been targeted by the state before for making moral and political stands and this one against CACI's involvement with the Scottish census 2011 is to be applauded.
Monday 19 December 2011
Monday 21 November 2011
Saturday 19 November 2011
Thursday 10 November 2011
FRFI and GDC supporter Dominic O'Hara attends Glasgow District Court for sentencing. He is admonished, with no further sentence, by the judge after observing a six month 'good behaviour' report. The original charge relates to the 9 December 2010 anti cuts protest in Glasgow City City Centre. He was found guilty of the trumped up charge of police assault on 11 April 2011.
Thursday 13 October 2011
Tuesday 13 September 2011
Wednesday 31 August 2011
Given the fact that Glasgow city council letting authority have already contacted supporters asking what is being discussed at these bi weekly meetings it would not surprise the GDC if the officers had been sent up to intimidate those present.
Saturday 13 August 2011