- A Peaceful gathering by ‘Perthshire for informed consent’ was interrupted by police
- Police asked the protesters not to play music
- Protesters read poetry and sang
- An activist from Dundee Resistance challenged police
- Music was played and the police left in shame
- Full video bottom, audio of conversation with sergeant within article.
Activists from across Scotland gathered in Perth for a peaceful protest hosted by Perthshire for Informed Consent to read poetry, play music, deliver speeches, and exchange ideas.
Speeches expressed different ideas and opinions for how our society can move forward in resistance to proposed government efforts to force social distancing, mask wearing, contact tracing, vaccinations, and other authoritarian dictates.
Before the event could progress, members of the corporation ‘Police Scotland,’ a national police service unlike many modern western countries due to its national jurisdiction, decided to interrupt the gathering.
Although the corporate entities did not breach the peace, they did decide to ‘engage’ with members. They continued to ‘explain’ how hard it is for everyone right now and ‘encouraged’ members of the community not to play music. They heavily implied the last part of their ‘four E’ approach.. Enforcement.
It was generally agreed among the community they would submit to the requests made by the constables; although many members of the community did not agree or understand the corporate representatives.
Upon arriving, one member of the community and co-founder of Dundee Resistance Movement, Daniel Clark (Deputy,) began to play his instrument immediately and with no knowledge of the previous police interaction.
Some members of the community were extremely insistent that Daniel stop playing music immediately as they felt compelled to represent the requests of Police Scotland.
Some of those enforcing the will of the police explained they did not want to see violence in front of the children. It is assumed they were fearful of violent police action, and as can be heard in the audio recording, it was being heavily implied by the Sergeant himself as well as all of his constables.
Daniel respected the demands from the group members and attempted to separate from the group as to discuss the reason for the fear instigated by the abhorrent, and potentially unlawful, threats made by officers.
The Sergeant (the boss of the police unit interrupting the gathering) explained that he was asking the group not to play music because pubs were not allowed to play music. He explained threateningly ‘I do not want to arrest anybody. I don’t want to cause any harm to anybody. I don’t want the kids to see any issues.’
Clearly the police had no lawful right to act in this manner. They were reminded they were servants and needed to serve this gathering. Authority of the common man was asserted and police were informed some members of the group did not understand them.
Bo, a prominent musician on the Scottish Activism scene who also protested to the sergeant, read poetry to the gathering who all joined in with him, singing in unison.
Shortly afterwards, Daniel grabbed his guitar and performed music loudly in the face of the officers. The community members danced and moved along to the sound as joy filled the group.
Music, dancing, smiling, and love quickly went around the gathering while rain poured down from above. The police were left in the damp, clearly excluded from the party. ‘Choose Your Side’ never had a better chance to happen – mentioned in the audio recording they would have a “suitable and justified response” to playing music.
Many would agree a suitable response involves dancing, singing, and enjoying community spirit.
The police got in their vehicles.. and a slow (and extremely embarrassed) Sergeant rolled past the music in one last failed attempt to intimidate the crowd.
The community laughed, danced, smiled, and waved to the vehicle shouting “goodbye police!” as they drove by in utter shame. They got called out on their bluff and failed to intimidate the strong group of activists!