Come and hear from those at the heart of exposing Britain’s political secret police and campaigning for truth and justice for those spied on in Scotland.
Hundreds of undercover police officers spied on thousands of political campaigns over 50 years, violating human rights, orchestrating miscarriages of justice, stealing citizens’ identities and more.
The scandal is the subject of a full-scale public inquiry – but only for events in England & Wales. Although many of the officers were committing the same abuses in Scotland for decades, the Home Office has refused repeated requests from the Scottish Government to extend the inquiry.
Faced with this, the Scottish Government commissioned an organisation of career police officers, HM Inspectorate of Constabulary in Scotland, to produce a whitewash report.
If Scotland is to be excluded from the London inquiry, it must set up its own.
Come and hear from people who were spied on, the researchers who have been unmasking spycops, and stalwarts of the campaign for truth and justice.
Neil Findlay MSP has ensured that the Scottish parliament has had two debates on the scandal which he led with powerful, eloquent contributions.
‘Andrea‘ is a Scottish woman who was deceived into a long-term relationship by undercover officer Carlo Neri in 2002. They met on an anti-war demonstration, and she was involved in trade union, socialist and anti-racist campaigns. They lived together for two years and got engaged. She is now bringing legal action against the Metropolitan Police and campaigning with Police Spies Out of Lives.
Tilly Gifford is a social justice activist who was targeted by undercover political police in Scotland. She is bringing a judicial review of the UK and Scottish government’s refusals to have an inquiry into spycops in Scotland.
Eveline Lubbers is a researcher and writer for the Undercover Research Group who have been meticulously investigating Britain’s political secret police, exposing officers and mapping the methods. Their work has been at the forefront of highlighting the failings of the official investigations.
Where: The Pearce Institute, 840-860 Govan Road, Glasgow, G51 3UU
When: Saturday 23 June, 11am.
The meeting has been jointly organised by the Haldane Society of Socialist Lawyers and the Campaign Opposing Police Surveillance.