‘Scotland is more like North Korea at the moment’: Facebook prankster blasts ‘political policing’ after being ARRESTED over spoof invite for Hogmanay party at Nicola Sturgeon’s house
Chris Brown, 33, was handcuffed in Hamilton at his house last Wednesday after around 2,000 people signed up to the pretend event.
The father-of-one, who works as a bouncer, was charged under section 127 part 2 of the Communications Act 2003 and kept in a cell until 3am the next day.
He said today: ‘One of the cops said I was causing ‘fear, alarm or distress’ to the First Minister.
‘They kept reiterating that this is coming from higher above, it was real cloak and dagger stuff.
‘This is political policing – it’s complete over-reach. It’s meant to be a free society but it’s more like North Korea at the moment. I’ve been crucified for a Facebook post.’
Video of his arrest shows him telling officers: ‘The police work for the First Minister they don’t work for the people of Scotland.’
Police Scotland have been accused of ‘arresting people for making jokes’ after a man was charged over an alleged social media post inviting revellers to a Hogmanay party at the home of Nicola Sturgeon
Nearly 2,000 people are said to have responded to the hoax Facebook message about a bash at the First Minister’s address near Glasgow
The arrest prompted near total condemnation from people online after it happened last week
The page, titled ‘NYE street party @ Sturgeon’s house’, claimed it would be ‘bringing the celebrations to Sturgeon’s’ after the SNP leader imposed fresh Covid curbs this week that ‘cancelled’ mass Hogmanay celebrations.
Mr Brown added to The Sun: ‘It wasn’t serious at all, it was just to have a laugh.
‘I never organised anything – music, fireworks, whatever. I’ll be working on Hogmanay.
‘People have come up to me in the street saying they will get a fundraiser to pay any fine if I get one, saying it will get laughed out of court.
‘But I’m worried they will try to make an example of me.’
‘It’s worrying because you don’t know where this is being pushed from. It’s complete madness.
‘Ultimately I could lose my job if I get found guilty of a crime.’
Others held a banner saying ‘open your homes for Cop26 , closed doors for fans, f*** SNP’
The joke event was highlighted online by Nicola Sturgeon’s sister Gillian, 46, who fumed: ‘Police been informed with your name. In case you are reading this.
‘Looks like you are in for a Merry Christmas … Nic’s security on to it’.
But after Mr Brown was detained Police Scotland were accused of ‘arresting people for making jokes’ on Friday.
One Twitter user claimed ‘Scotland is rapidly sliding towards a very worrying form of authoritarianism’, while another mused: ‘Arresting people for making jokes now are we? Christ’.
Another said: ‘She (Ms Sturgeon) really does hate to see any of us try to have some fun’. A third added: ‘Charged for organising a party. Even North Korea would think that was going too far’.
Others praised the man who set up the event, calling him a ‘legend’.
A Police Scotland spokesman said: ‘A 33-year-old man has been arrested and charged in connection with communications offences. He has been released on undertaking to appear at court at a later date.’
The First Minister is facing a considerable backlash over her latest restrictions, which will effectively ban football fans from games, large New Year’s Eve celebrations, limiting pubs to table service only, and shutting nightclubs.
Her measures came into force from December 27 and are expected to last at least three weeks as Omicron plunges the country into crisis.