SPSC statement, 26 January 2024
Today in Glasgow, in the busiest court in Europe, the presiding Sheriff Alan McKay received confirmation from the Procurator Fiscal that the terrorism charge against SPSC founder Mick Napier has been dropped. The Sheriff however appeared taken aback at the prosecution's request for repressive bail conditions to be continued which included a ban on attending any protest anywhere in Scotland. After a few questions, Sheriff McKay told the prosecutor he had heard enough and cancelled all bail conditions.
The genocide continues and we must oppose Britain's barbarous complicity. How can we watch Israel's relentless mass killings of civilians and not support the right of Palestinians to resist by means that they choose?
The prosecution's failure to press their terrorism charges underlines, as if it needed a legal underpinning, that public support for the Palestinian right to resist will not be silenced. Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign will continue to proclaim that "we are an extension to the Palestinian struggle for freedom".
Today's court victory joins a very long line of successes against efforts to use Scottish criminal courts to harass, intimidate and silence campaigners.
If you are in Scotland, we ask you to join SPSC today.
Mick Napier faces a few outstanding "unauthorised demonstration" charges which includes one remaining bail condition banning him from Glasgow City Centre.