Gary Kelly is a volunteer organiser for All Under One Banner, the grassroots pressure group which organises marches and rallies in support of Scottish independence. Gary has helped to organise and lead marches across Scotland since 2014. If you have been to any AUOB marches, or seen photos or videos of the marches online, then you will have seen Gary.
Gary was the named organiser for the AUOB march in Aberdeen on Saturday 17 August 2019. The march was a great success and saw thousands of supporters of independence march from Albyn Place along Union Street to the Castlegate.
Some time after the march, Gary was charged with the alleged breach of two of the conditions imposed on the march by Aberdeen City Council.
Because these are “live proceedings” the merits of the case and Gary’s defence cannot be discussed here.
Gary denies the charges and has plead Not Guilty. He is also concerned that the imposition of conditions like these on public demonstrations in Aberdeen is a restriction on his human right to freedom of assembly and association under Article 11 of the Human Rights Act.
Gary is instructing a local solicitor to advise and represent him. This crowdfunder is to raise funds to pay for that legal advice and representation. Estimating legal costs for defending a prosecution like this is not an exact science however we estimate that those costs may be around £6,000.
Any crowd funds left over after Gary’s defence is completed will be donated to All Under One Banner.