Celtic FC Fans Against Criminalisation protest in Glasgow.
Fans Against Criminalisation, led by Celtic Football Club supporters, demonstrate in Glasgow against the Scottish Government's "Offensive Behaviour at Football and Threatening Communications Bill" aimed at tackling sectarianism. 29th October, 2011
Celtic supporters groups including the Green Brigade, the Celtic Trust, the Celtic Supporters' Association, the Affiliation of Celtic Supporters and the Association of Irish Celtic Supporters Clubs gathered to protest in Glasgow's George Square against the SNP Government's proposed bill aimed at tackling sectarianism in Scotland. The assorted groups feel that the bill fails to deal with the real issues of sectarianism in Scotland and Scottish society and could, instead, lead to Celtic supporters being criminalised for celebrating their Irish heritage and cultural identity through the singing of songs at Celtic football matches. The aim is to 'Kill the Bill'.
Speakers included Jeanette Findlay (chair of the Celtic Trust), Joe O'Rourke (General Secretary of the Celtic Supporters Association) and Gerry McDonnell ( Association of Irish Celtic Supporters Clubs).
The demo also gained support from other clubs' fans and 'Occupy Wall Street' demonstrators who are holding their own demonstration in George Square.