lunedì 31 dicembre 2007
2008 New Year Statement
In extending New Years greetings to the Irish people at home and abroad let us reflect on the past year to help us move forward in the new. We extend also greetings to all republican prisoners of war (POW’S) who find themselves incarcerated in gaol because of an intransigent British Government who are unwilling to engage with the Irish people unless they are addressing a British agenda. From our perspective the Republican Unity Initiative formed a major plank of our strategic efforts to advance the restoration of our National Sovereignty. The 32CSM approached this vital area in an incremental manner so as to maximize inclusivity amongst other republican organizations. We deliberately chose a private route to engagement with other republicans given the British and media efforts to deliberately misrepresent what the Republican Unity Initiative was trying to achieve. We first circulated a discussion document simply titled Republican Unity to give a degree of focus to a debate which was already well underway within the broad republican base. As interest in the initiative grew and formal meetings were arranged the 32CSM put forward a proposal titled Preparing An Irish Democracy which was intended to act as a mechanism within which all republican organizations could collectively draft a republican blueprint of the independent Ireland we envisaged. Reaction to the initiative was predictably cautious but the mixed to poor result showing in what was ostensibly a referendum on British Policing in Ireland conclusively demonstrated that Irish republicanism needs a political initiative to move it on from its inert state. On the back of an IRSM proposal a Unity Commemoration was held at Bodenstown to honour Wolfe Tone which was widely received as a very positive development.
To augment our existing proposals and to build on this positivity the 32CSM now launch Dismantling Partition, A Unified Republican Approach.. Here we outline where and how we believe this project should develop. We introduce timeframes and achievable goals coupled with a realistic appraisal of our current strengths. But as with our previous proposals the 32CSM strongly urge a parallel response from other republicans so as to make the Republican Unity Initiative truly representative of the broad republican family. 2008 will offer republicans an opportunity to both consolidate and advance our goals and the 32CSM herein publicly declare our intention of working tirelessly to achieve this end.
The 32CSM strongly believes in political engagement with our opponents. We have sought this engagement on a number of fronts but focused squarely around the issue of our national sovereignty. Through this engagement we have sought to advise that national sovereignty is not confined to the national question as that pertains to partition but to all other questions of national concern. Issues such as Shell To Sea and the Save Tara project are all urgent matters of national sovereignty and as such are deserving of intense republican involvement. The impending EU Constitution referendum in the twenty six counties is one such issue that deserves republican attention. Whether it is called Constitution, Treaty or whatever its essential components remain the same. The 32CSM communicated with a variety of republican and nationalist organizations with a view to citing Partition as valid grounds for its rejection. We circulated Six Points of Objection that we believed could form the basis of a strong separatist No Campaign without alienating other valid objections which may also exist. The 32CSM will be pursuing this correspondence in 2008 seeking definitive responses to our circular.
Following on from our AGM in December the incoming National Executive will be tasked with implementing the changes and policies mandated by that AGM. These will include political policies as outlined above, organizational changes and proposals for updating our print and electronic publications as well as the launch of our newly revamped website. We look forward to the challenges we have set ourselves.
Again we have it demonstrated that British Policing in Ireland will never change no matter what titles are invoked and no matter how many token nationalists sit on token Policing Boards. The Hoey debacle laid bare both the unchanging nature of British policing and the facile arguments from those who would plead with us that it can.
Notwithstanding the importance of these issues and their relevance to Irish republicanism the 32CSM is of the firm belief that the most salient issue which will face republicans in the coming year will be the issue of criminalisation. We say this because those in the driving seat of this policy are Provisional Sinn Fein, acting under obligation to the agreements which they entered into with both governments. History, both ancient and modern, has taught us that the occupier will always covet an indigenous political voice to do its dirty work. PSF have stepped into this breech. Following recent acts of armed insurgency there came an almost panicked response from the PSF leadership. They publicly called for informers to be activated against insurgent forces claiming a lack of electoral mandate invalidated their right to rebel. The glaring hypocrisy of this stance was designed to distract republicans from the fact that it was political challenges to the PSF position which forced this outburst and not merely criticism of them.
We have sought engagement with PSF since 2005 wherein the 32CSM were greeted with duplicity, subterfuge and lies. Our persistence however has been rewarded with the political exposure as to exactly what signing the Good Friday Agreement entails for them. Whereas political criticism theorizes, political challenges demonstrate. These challenges must continue, and emanate from broader quarters, because the resources behind the criminalisation policy far exceed the resources of those whom the policy is directed against. As before when the British government were the direct vanguard for this policy manipulation, deceit and murder were the hallmarks of this campaign. Coupled with a media who afford republicans scant exposure to air our views the only resources open to Irish republicanism are those which we already possess and the argument for republican cooperation on this issue is self evident. The policy of criminalisation will pay scant heed to technical differences of position amongst us as it seeks a broad labeling for those opposed to the current political direction.
The emergence of seemingly new armed groups making threats of a kind which give succor to the PSF call for informers is yet another dimension of this dirty war. All of this requires a political response from Irish republicans which removes any semblance of cover or distraction for any group pursuing the criminalisation agenda. There can be no place within republicanism for a civil war mentality. Such a mentality is a British device. The 32CSM response is first and foremost a call on PSF to forward to us their alleged written response to our Submission to them in 2005 and for them to outline the lawful basis upon which they call for informers to be activated against those who struggle against British Parliamentary activity in our country. We respond also by seeking engagement with other republicans on the national issues which are relevant to our struggle. And we respond by stating that we will never allow the republican struggle to be criminalized no matter how treacherous the status of those who would try.
venerdì 7 settembre 2007
The 32 County Sovereignty Movement are deeply alarmed at the behaviour of the Gardai Special Branch in Co Donegal following the outing of a prominent Drug Dealer in the area. A number of weeks back, members of the 32 County Sovereignty Movement and anti drugs activists exposed a large Cocaine smuggling operation in the Ballyshannon/Bundoran area and publicly named and shamed the main ringleader involved. A anti drugs activist was then hospitalised by thugs hired by this Drugs Smuggler. It has transpired that since this incident this dealer has been issuing threats to republicans in the area. This week Gardai special branch approached a number of anti drugs activists and told them their lives were under threat from drug dealers. The same members of the special branch later arrived at the same homes and raided them under anti terror legislation. The Branch then called to these people on a third occasion and informed the anti drugs activists that those they had named and shamed were going to sue them. The 32 County Sovereignty Movement view these developments with alarm as it would appear that the special branch are running errands for these drug dealers and are turning a blind eye to their anti community activities while harassing republicans and anti drugs activists. Republicans in Donegal have cause to fear the special branch in the are given the long history of corruption and fraternising with criminal elements that this force have in the county. We would urge all republicans and progressives in the county and across the North West to stand behind these activists and help rid the area of the cancer of drug dealers and criminal thugs.
giovedì 30 agosto 2007
We are urging everyone, friends, members and concerned individuals to assist in our efforts to continue the pressure on the 26 County Government to Repatriate Noel Maguire from England to jails in the 26 counties as is his right.
The names and addresses and sample letter is below so you can use the sample letter provided, reword it or write your own.
Write or e-mail:
Minister for Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform
Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform
94 St. Stephen's Green
Phone: + 353 1 602-8202
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
Piazza Campitelli 3, 00186 Roma
Tel 06 6979121
Fax 06 6792354
- Consolato Generale d'Irlanda
P.za San Pietro in Gessate 2, Milano
Tel 02 55187569
Fax 02 55187570
I write to you on behalf of the Noel Maguire as it concerns his repatriation back to Ireland from a British jail and your refusal to accept Noels application thus seemingly stripping him of his Irish Citizenship and the civil rights that are associated with it.
It is unconscionable that the Irish government continues to refuse to repatriate Noel. It is claimed that he has no close relatives living in the 26 counties, this is untrue as Noel's wife and their two children in fact live within an hour’s drive of Portlaoise Prison in Co Laois and are willing to visit him should he be repatriated. He also has two sisters and a brother in Ireland.
Noel Maguire - who is from Co Fermanagh but hold a valid 26 County passport more than qualifies for repatriation on the grounds of the European Directive as an Irish National.
His mental and physical health must be close to breaking point with the way he is being unfairly treated these continued delays which are tantamount to psychological torture.
On humanitarian grounds I ask that the decision to refuse repatriation be reconsidered and he can return home to serve his sentence and be closer to his family.
Please act now!
Is mise Le meas
and everyone should also sign the online petition for this matter
A protest will be organised in Rome shortly and anyone interested can contact me here or by email
Irish political prisoner Noel Maguire in HMP Full Sutton England, has had his application for repatriation refused again on the dubious grounds "he has closer ties to the United Kingdom than an Irish jurisdiction."
Noel has two young sons living in the 26 Counties, and a former wife who is willing to visit him should he be repatriated - and has put that in writing. Noel also hold an up-to-date Irish passport issued by the Department of Internal affairs in Dublin in 2001. He has no relatives in England.
For the Department of Justice to now claim Noel has closer ties to the United Kingdom than to an Irish jurisdiction is flying in the face of reality and legality. It is certainly discrimination and victimisation.
Noels papers have been sent to the Irish in Britain Representation Group (IBRG)and other civil rights groups in Britain and Ireland for interpretaion.
The case is on-going.
The findings of the Minister of Justice is currently being challenged by Noel.
The 32 County Sovereignty Movement call on the people of South Armagh to boycott the upcoming DPP meeting which is to be held in Crossmaglen on september 4th.
The DPP is nothing more than a public relations stunt aimed at fooling people into believing that the RUC/PSNI can be held accountable and in the process getting them to accept British policing in Ireland. The fact is that the only people the RUC are accountable to is the British government.
The RUC/PSNI is an illegal police force tasked with upholding Britain's illegal sovereign claim over a part of Ireland and denying the Irish people their democratic right to freedom and independence. While the issue of national sovereignty remains unsettled British policing will remain political policing and no republican should support such a force.
It is also a slap on the face that this meeting is to be held in Crossmaglen a town where once no member of the crown forces could be safe. It is exactly because of Crossmaglen's republican reputation that this meeting is being held there, the rational being that if it goes ahead without incident then it should be no problem holding these meetings in other parts of South Armagh in the future.
Throughout the conflict the people of South Armagh have suffered injustice and oppression at the hands of the Crown forces. They have been tortured, imprisoned and lost family and friends yet have remained unbroken. We call on them to retain their spirit of resistance and to not allow themselves to be bought off or co opted into accepting the occupation as the constitutional nationalist parties have been.
32 County Sovereignty Movement
giovedì 12 luglio 2007
13 settembre 1956 - 13 luglio 1981
Una piccola casa di campagna ad un paio di miglia da Galbally e dieci acri di terra dove si coltivavano patate e vi pascolavano un paio di mucche: è qui che nacque e crebbe Martin Hurson insieme con i suoi otto fratelli. Martin andava alla Saint Patrick School di Galbally, ma quando aveva da poco compiuto 13 anni, in seguito alla improvvisa perdita della madre Mary Ann, abbandonò gli studi ed iniziò a lavorare prima vicino casa, poi si trasferì a Londra da dove fece ritorno solamente nel 1973.
Dopo il suo rientro a Dungannon, come la maggioranza dei giovani cattolici del tempo, iniziò a subire immotivate e continue minacce ed intimidazioni da parte degli agenti delle British Crown Forces, finchè un giorno, a Pomeroy, dove viveva Bernadette, la sua ragazza, non venne addirittura percosso in maniera brutale. Da tale episodio all’ingresso nei ranghi dell’IRA il passo è stato decisamente breve.
Bisogna comunque dire che Hurson ha sempre mantenuto una certa discrezione sulla sua militanza nell’Esercito Repubblicano Irlandese: addirittura i suoi familiari non erano al corrente del suo attivismo: ciò però non significa che Hurson non fosse stato sempre pronto a compiere le azioni militari ordinategli.
Nel 1976, arrestato con l’accusa di cospirazione ed appartenenza all’IRA, venne condotto nella RUC station di Omagh dove in seguito ad un selvaggio interrogatorio gli fu estorta una sorta di confessione in virtù della quale fu condannato a 20 anni di reclusione.
Detenuto nel Kesh, aderì subito alla blanket protest; poi, nel dicembre del 1980, partecipò allo sciopero della fame, che durò quasi fino al Natale.
Il 29 maggio dell’anno successivo andò nuovamente on hunger strike, prendendo parte alla nuova campagna finalizzata ad ottenere il riconoscimento dello status di prigioniero politico e delle five demands.
Con il passare dei giorni le condizioni fisiche diventavano sempre più critiche; così i familiari, supportati da varie associazioni, cominciarono a fare pressioni affinché Martin ponesse fine al suo digiuno: varie manifestazioni di supporto al giovane Hurson ed alla sua famiglia vennero organizzate in tutta l’Irlanda, ma il suo proposito di andare fino in fondo restò immutabile.
Morì nella notte di lunedì 13 luglio
Violentissimi tumulti scoppiarono a Belfast, nella zona dei Divis Flats, in seguito alla notizia della morte del sesto hunger striker.La salma di Martin Hurson fu sepolta nel cimitero di Galbally.
a cura di: Pregoni Gustavo