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A Force For Good: Activist Code of Conduct


AFFG's Thin Red Line at Galashiels Pic AFFG 1-6-19

A FORCE FOR GOOD

Activist Code of Conduct

at Counter-Presence events, Street Stalls,

and related Outdoor Activism

A Force For Good (AFFG) is a professional organisation which takes our social and legal responsibilities very seriously. We are proud to say that we have never had a problem (nor would we expect one) with any of the invited Activists who have stood on our Thin Red Line. We are taking this opportunity to make public our Code of Conduct, which was first published on 2 May 2018. It has been updated and published below on 6 June 2019.

THE PURPOSE OF OUR ACTIVISM

To give heart to the Unionists in Scotland, and the rest of the United Kingdom, who want to see people standing up for what we believe in; and to remind the Scottish Nationalists that they do not "own the streets" of Scotland!

OUR MARSHALS

AFFG Marshals are identifiable wearing a red AFFG Tabard and red AFFG Cap. Some will be wearing Action Cameras.

Our Marshals endeavour to keep trouble-making opposition at a distance, and to work to ensure best behaviour in our ranks; particularly from random passers-by who are standing beside us, and who have not read this Code of Conduct.

Please follow the instructions of any of our Marshals.

If a Police Officer asks you, "Who's in charge here?", please point them to our Chief Marshal who will be standing next to our Speaker. Please note that our Chief Marshal's decision on security is final.

DO NOT ENGAGE WITH THE SCOTTISH NATIONALISTS: OUR WATCHWORD IS DIGNITY

If there is anger or bad gestures directed towards our group, do not respond.

Please maintain best behaviour with absolutely no angry comments or gestures. Remain calm. Do not engage. Maintain dignity.

We aim to represent the Best of British!

We cannot emphasise the importance of this enough. One angry, or foolish, or nasty comment, or gesture, travelling through the internet, can reflect badly on our organisation, and hurt our relationship with the Police.

We should emphasise that we do not expect any of our invited Activists to behave poorly.

IMPORTANT: RANDOM "SUPPORTERS" WHO TURN UP ON THE DAY

However, sometimes people may turn up uninvited, because they happen to be passing, or they may have heard of us elsewhere, or they may be trying to "piggy back" on an event organised by someone else.

It is these random people who try to join our ranks – and who have not read this Code of Conduct – who are the ones who may present a problem. It is possible that these people do not even know who we are!

IF SOMEONE IS BEHAVING POORLY

Please play your part in ensuring the good behaviour of others, for the sake of us all!

If there is a person next to you behaving poorly, please do your best to ask him or her to either moderate their language, or to stop behaving in a manner which may reflect badly on the rest of us.

Please point out to them that they are being filmed. Point out to them that they "surely do not want to see themselves being made to look stupid on the internet."

If they do not listen to you, then please attract the attention of an AFFG Marshal. The Marshal will ask them to behave.

If the person does not desist, then he or she will be asked by the Marshal to leave.

If he or she does not leave, the Police will be requested to remove the person.

DEALING WITH THE POLICE

If a Police Officer, asks you to move, then comply immediately.

We intend to maintain a good relationship with the Police. Anyone who talks back to, or argues with, a Police Officer will not be invited back to any of our activism!

MAINTAIN A LOOK-OUT FOR OTHERS

As well as watching out for your own safety, keep an eye out for the safety of other members of our group. If you think someone is behaving suspiciously, please bring them to the attention of an AFFG Marshal or Police Officer.

BE AWARE that SCOTTISH NATIONALISTS WILL TRY TO FILM and PHOTOGRAPH YOU and you HAVE TO ACCEPT THAT

Please be aware that you will be getting filmed and photographed by the Marchers. They are within their rights to film and photograph you if they want.

However, they are not within their rights to intimidate you! And it is a fact that some of them may be deliberately trying to provoke you. The intention of some of them is to deliberately incite.

Our Marshals will try to keep such people away.

If such people are filming you at close-quarters, please do not respond to them, or to any such close-quarters provocation.

Do not deliberately photograph them back – that just escalates things!

Instead, move away from them, and if necessary draw their behaviour to the attention of an AFFG Marshal.

If there is a Police Officer nearby you may also want to tell the Police Officer that you are not comfortable with this person filming you; and that you believe he or she is trying to intimidate you and incite others.

We will also have our own people photographing the event and we will endeavour to ensure you know who they are.

ALWAYS REMEMBER THAT YOU ARE ON CAMERA

The best policy is to accept that everything you say, or anything you do, is likely to be filmed.

If you do not want to accept that likelihood, then please do not come along to any of our events.