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THE POLE OF JUSTICE
On 6 November 2013, here on the Dam, an undercover cop (aka Romeo’) was caught on camera* brutally attacking a defenceless Celtic fan, surrounded by 6 other “hooligans in plain clothes. After a sham of a trial on 21 November, the cop was awarded 500 Euro damages for injuries he claims were inflicted on him. The Celtic fan got 2 months in prison, based on no other evidence than dubious and unchallenged police statements. An appeal is now pending.
(* see http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GojAMjBjCGA for footage of “arrest”)
(Editors note: read account of the trial here :-
However, this brave pole single-handedly meted out her own form of poetic justice*, by refusing to budge when that same “Romeo – fleeing fans seeking revenge ran straight into a “Glasgow Kiss from our own brave “Juliet.
In celebration of that singular act of bravery – so far, the only indication that the concepts of justice and “innocent until proven guilty exist in Holland, we feel that this pole deserves a special place in our thoughts this Christmas.
We would also like to ask the people of Amsterdam to consider if recent statements made by Burgemeester V/D Laan defining police action as “appropriate – effectively laying the entire blame on Celtic fans – are fair and just, or if he’s merely trying to deflect attention away from a string of tactical & organisational blunders by the Amsterdam authorities and the police forces under their control?
Thank you for taking the time to read this. We trust that – unlike the shameful acts of the authorities and legal systems representing you the people of Holland are both fair and just and will lend their support to our campaign for justice – #DAMJUSTICE for ALL 5 of the Celtic fans facing prison sentences for unproven “violent crimes against these brutal undercover police.
On behalf of all Celtic fans, may we wish you all .
A Peaceful Christmas and a Happy (& just) 2014.