Charlton Athletic went continental in their protests against owner Roland Duchatelet – after a group of Addicks fans made their presence felt at his hometown club in Belgium.
There was a 5pm protest outside of The Valley after Saturday 27 February’s 4-3 defeat to Reading. But also a number of Charlton supporters attended Sint Truiden VV’s Belgian Pro League home game on the same day against Zulte Waregem.
Joe Read, who launched the Black and White campaign which is the colours that demonstrators have worn, tweeted yesterday: “In Belgium protesting. Just had our banner confiscated and the st Truiden fans weren’t happy with their stewards at all #cafc.”
He then later tweeted: “Stewards chucked us out. Plain clothes police waiting at exit, kept us back for our details. Weren’t friendly but let us go in the end #cafc.”
The Charlton fans’ exploits made headlines in the Belgium press.
Coalition Against Roland Duchatelet also printed a protest leaflet – in English and Dutch – which was distributed at the Sint Truiden fixture.
CARD’s Twitter account was asked if their fund – which fans have paid into either by donations or buying merchandise – had met the cost of the trip. They replied: “A fair question. The protest fund paid for the leaflets (& previously paid for banner). All other costs met by fans.
“We did promise a postscript… If Duchatelet won’t come to us, we’ll take the protests to him #cafc.”
More info about the protests at:
Read more here: http://www.southlondon-today.co.uk/article.cfm?id=116390
For information CARD funded leaflets (See PDF) and have previously funded the banner. All other costs, such as fuel, hotels and travel were met by the participants and other fans and did not come from the Protest fund.
Next major protest
Will be at 5pm on Saturday, February 27 (after the home match against Reading) in the west-stand car park.
Further details of the day’s ‘flash protest’ will be announced at 12pm the same day.
How can I help?
Sign the petition: Almost 6,500 supporters have so far signed a petition at http://ourcharlton.org.uk/, and our mailing list totals more than 2,100.
Volunteer your skills or time: Do you have any specific expertise or contacts you feel may be of benefit to the protest campaign, or can you simply spare some time to help on a matchday?
If so, please send an email to email@example.com. All help is much appreciated.
Donate to the protest fund: Supporters have so far donated more than £10,000 to a protest fund established by two fans to pay for a variety of protest activities, including but not limited to those organised by CARD.
Donations can be made by bank transfer using the following details:
Sort code: 20-68-04
Account number: 50661678
Members of the Charlton Life forum should give their CL user name as a reference; otherwise please quote the reference “PF” and your name. Payments can be made by PayPal – send a personal message to @Curb_It via the CL forum
Enquiries can be sent to Alan Davis via firstname.lastname@example.org.
What has the money been spent on?
Two giant banners; one megaphone; 7,000 leaflets, 1,000 beermats, 10,000 stickers (all v Blackburn Rovers); a Google Adwords campaign; over 100 banners and one giant advertising billboard; 1,500 beermats, Pinocchio costumes, 2,000 masks, giant resignation form, 10,000 stickers (all v Cardiff City) – and more on projects yet to be unveiled…
The fund has also helped contribute to the free distribution of 1,450 black and white scarves, echoing the colours worn in the team’s 1947 FA Cup final success