'Nazi dog' man Mark Meechan vows to appeal £800.00 fine

'Nazi dog' man Mark Meechan vows to appeal £800.00 fine April 24, 2018

The fine was imposed on Meechan, above right, at Airdrie Sheriff Court a month after he was found guilty of a hate crime: posting a video on YouTube of a pug giving ‘Nazi’ salutes.
According to this BBC report, Meechan said he would appeal the sentence imposed on him yesterday by Sheriff Derek O’Carroll, who found him guilty of a charge under the Communications Act. He told Meechan:

The centrepiece of your video consists of you repeating the phrase ‘Gas the Jews’ over and over again as a command to a dog which then reacts.
You use the command Sieg Heil, having trained the dog to raise its paw in response and the video shows a clip of a Nuremberg rally and a flashing image of Hitler with strident music. You say the video was only intended as a joke to upset your girlfriend, whose dog you used, and nothing more.
On the whole evidence … I found it proved that the video you posted, using a public communications network, was grossly offensive and contained menacing, anti-Semitic and racist material.

The clip was viewed more than three million times on YouTube.
Even before Mark Meechan arrived for his sentence, dozens of free speech campaigners were outside the building, protesting his innocence.
Also present was Tommy Robinson, ex-leader of the far-right English Defence League.
Inside, courtroom number two was packed out as members of the public and journalists sat poised to hear Sheriff Derek O’Carroll impose sentence.
Meechan’s lawyer told the court his client was a man who enjoyed “shock humour” and questioned why he was in the dock, given the number of famous comedians who incorporate lines about the Holocaust into their acts.
Afterwards Meechan emerged from court defiant, insisting all he’d done was exercise his right to free speech.
Hundreds of free speech supporters marched in London to protest against Meechan’s trial and conviction.
Hat tip BarrieJohn

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  • gedediah

    In very bad taste but illegal? I don’t want to be told what I’m allowed to see and hear by government. This kind of thing plays into the hands of extremists. Let them have their say and the rest of us can tell them what we think of them. YouTube on the other hand are free to adopt standards on their site since they have a business to run.

  • L.Long

    Well this is st00pid! So what if he taught his dog?
    My daughter is in real trouble now as she taught her cat to reach out in a nazis like manner to shake hands to get a treat!
    Beside I like nazis that publicly say they are, as I now know you to be watchful of!

  • H3r3tic

    Oh Ffs! Another example of”I believe in free speech but…” This guy may or may not be a dreadful cunt but he should have the absolute right to teach his dog to do whatever the fuck he wants. It was “grossly offensive?”Well so fuck,I’m offended by no end of shit but I don’t expect people to be jailed because of it.

  • Broga

    Suddenly Meechan is famous, a celebrity and, I guess, loving the attention.

  • Steve

    This never should have gotten to court. No complaint was ever made to the police, and no one even testified that they were personally offended.
    There was no crime.

  • Great Satan

    We no longer live in a democracy, can’t offend “Gods Chosen People”, this is part of a push to stifle criticism as “anti-semitism”, as are the ridiculous smears against Corbyn, I disagree with Corbyn on most issues, but he is not anti-semitic, it is just the evil Cabal silencing dissent in a run up to yet another war in the middle east on Israel’s behalf under false pretences, as was the Iraq war.

  • barriejohn

    Great Satan: That’s just the sort of thing that they were saying in the run-up to the Second World War. We need to differentiate between Jews, Judaism, Israel, and Zionism. I am passionately opposed to the last, and very critical of Israel (the state should never have been set up in the first place), but it is appalling that, to many liberals and left-wingers, racist abuse directed toward Jews has become quite acceptable, largely for political reasons (“fascist state”; “apartheid state”; etc.). If they had been the recipients of such abuse, I feel that their attitude might be somewhat different.

  • Broga

    Great Satan : Sensitivity has been transformed by many people into a means of demonstrating their virtue by the defence of what they have decided must transcend criticism. For example, and I may shock many who read this so be prepared, I don’t like the Beetles or their music. I once said this in the hearing of a fan and he went nuts.
    You may get the same result if you criticise the Queen or a sports star or film actor. Suddenly, an opinion cannot be expressed if someone else disagrees with it. For many the Pope is beyond criticism if they have decided that he must not be criticised. Trump is also beyond criticism by the true believers he is happily shafting while they support him.

  • andym

    I can’t help thinking that Robinson has got just what he wanted. The fine , which I doubt will come out of Meechan’s pocket , is enough to cry “persecution ” about-and get more publicity from an appeal-without being that damaging. Isn’t there a principle in chess that you do exactly what your opponent least wants you to do? In this case, I think that would have been to ignore the whole stunt.

  • Broga

    andym: I think that would have been to ignore the whole stunt.
    No chance. That would have required confidence, maturity and detachment. All in short supply.

  • Gaurav Tyagi

    This shouldn’t be even a news, a guy making a video even if he posts it on YouTube or any other site, what’s the big deal?
    One man’s meat is another man’s poison.
    I am all for free speech without any political correctness. An individual should be free to say whatever he/she wants and the people who get offended should initiate a debate without resorting to needless violence.

  • tonye

    Whilst in bad taste – it’s hardly a major crime. We now live in a society where the biggest crime is ‘to be offended.’ Trust me, there are shocking and genuine horrors you could face on this planet.
    You normally find this approach comes from those with no real life experience to compare it against.

  • barriejohn

    I think some of the “free speech” advocates are being somewhat naive. French Jews have recently been advised not to wear their kippahs in public, and now this: