mercoledì 30 luglio 2008

32CSM member attacked by Provos in Derry.

A member of the 32 County Sovereignty Movement has been the victim of an unprovoked assault by members of the Provisional IRA in a Derry bar on Sunday 27th July. The victim received serious head and facial injuries and the entire attack by the four man gang has been captured on the Bar’s CCTV system.
Verbal attacks against members of the 32CSM and their partners have been on the increase in the last number of weeks as has intimidation against new younger members.

These verbal and physical attacks are the work of a small but dangerous group of Provisional movement hangers on who seem intent on creating a civil war mentality between the Provisionals and members of the Republican movement. We ask the Provisionals to keep their members in check before the situation gets out of control and we would ask whose agenda this is and whose it serves?

Finally we would urge members of the 32CSM and the Republican movement to remain disciplined and not to fall into the trap that this group is attempting to set.

Republican separatism is on the rise in Derry and across the nation and we would urge our members not to react to what appears to be the last kicks of a wounded animal. It is our opinion that these attacks are occurring because these gangs know that for Republicans to seek retribution is counter productive.
The Republican project will not be dragged into the gutter by these people and we will stand firm behind the Republican position.

domenica 27 luglio 2008

Republican POW’s will not be criminalised

Republican POW’s will not be criminalised

The IRPWA are becoming increasingly concerned at recent events in Portlaoise gaol whereby attempts have been made by some within the Free State establishment to cause unnecessary friction between POW’s and the prison administration.

On Friday 25th July, shortly after lock up at 8pm seven members of the prison staff entered the cell of Derry republican Gary Donnelly and told him that they had been contacted by the gardai at 7.30pm and informed that he had a mobile phone and that they had been told to search the cell and strip search Gary. In turn the prison staff were told that they could search the cell but that he would be refusing to be strip searched. The prison staff relayed this message to the assistant governor who became highly agitated roaring through the radio to strip search Gary.

Gary Donnelly again refused and asked for his officer commanding who was duly sent for and arrived at Gary’s cell. The OC again informed the prison staff that they could search the cell but that as they had a metal detector they had no need to strip search Gary and that under no circumstances would it be tolerated. The prison staff searched the cell and needless to say found nothing.

The OC also demanded to see the assistant governor to whom he insisted that Republican POW’s and political prisoners would not be criminalised nor victimised. He also demanded a meeting with the Governor for the following day.

On Saturday 26th the Officer Commanding Republican POW’s on E3 and his adjutant met with the Governor and reiterated their position and also informed him that the Republican prisoners would be refusing to be locked up that day. The OC insisted that as political prisoners the men under his command would reuse to be treated like common criminals and told him if it was criminals he was looking for to search E1 where they were housed. The Republican prisoners then refused orders from the prison administration to lock up for head counts and stayed out of their cells until 9.30 that night.

The IRPWA are convinced that this political directive from the Free State elite is aimed at creating conflict within the prison by criminalising and victimising Republicans. It is undoubtedly intended to interrupt the organisation and smooth running of E3 wing that has no doubt caused concern among some. We are also extremely concerned at the attempts to victimise and target Gary Donnelly. In recent weeks the media have been attempting to link Gary to various things with which he has no connection whatsoever. The IRPWA also fear that as Gary is effectively being interned on a charge with no evidence that an attempt may be made to plant a mobile phone in his cell which is a criminal offence thereby bolstering their capability to hold him.

The IRPWA also are concerned at the increased incidents of petty harassment of visitors to the prison by prison staff, particularly female visitors. On a number of occasions females visitors have told of whistling and offensive remarks from both criminal prisoners and staff. In another incident visitors from Cork and Derry were refused entry at the front desk for not having photo ID, when a complaint was made to the governor he replied “ The fella on the desk must have been in bad form” clearly this is unacceptable.

The IRA POW’s and other political prisoners housed on E3 have worked hard to build a tolerable regime on that wing as befits their political status and they will not allow faceless figures from the Free State establishment, no doubt at the behest of their British allies, to create an atmosphere of conflict, friction and criminalisation. The IRPWA will support the prisoners in whatever action the deem necessary to undertake to protect themselves and their status.

mercoledì 23 luglio 2008

Internment Commemoration

Tuam Martyrs Commemoration 2008

Held by Galway32CSM on Sunday 20th July. Main speakers Francie Mackey (32CSM) and Brian McFadden (Republican Network for Unity)

domenica 13 luglio 2008

At a well attended Protest over 2000 leaflets highlighting the internment of four Derry republican were handed out to the public. The protest attracted interest from passing tourist and the media was present. The 32 County Sovereignty Movement is calling for the release of four Derry republicans and other republican activists from across the 32 counties who remain interned by remand in Portlaoise Prison in the Free State. The men were arrested at a border filling station in March and have been held on remand ever since on IRA membership charges. Since then the Gardai has failed to produce any evidence, asking the court of three occasions for more time to produce the evidence. Surly in a free fair democratic state the evidence is produced to the PPS shortly after the person is charged. Gardai have charged, and interned these men and then sought to obtain the evidence, scraping the barrel for anything they can get their hands on in an obvious attempt to disrupt republicanism in Derry City. The Free State having been pressurized by the British are holding these men because of their republican position and their resistance to British Parliamentary activity in Ireland and the Mi5 controlled RUC/PSNI. The four men have been offered bail but at as a surety they have been asked to produce 90,000 Euro cash for the four of them. There have been cases in the past were republicans have lost their bail due to Gardai harassment and these working class men do not have 90,000 euro to put to risk. The Free State establishment now obtains the most draconian laws in Western Europe where men like Gary Donnelly, Mickey Gallagher, Paddy Mc Daid and Marty O’ Neill have been held for five months without any evidence being forwarded to the PPS. In the past few months establishment politicians in the North have indicated their support for these practices. Moreover, former republicans have openly called for such practices to be brought into the occupied six counties to quell the recent upsurge of republican activity.This is a human rights issue and we would ask for your support for these four men and their families and the countless other men from across the island who are being interned by remand in the 26 county state.

Whilst The Occupation Remains, Resistance Will Remain

The revelations that the people of Derry City are to be petitioned in order to put pressure on Anti Agreement Republican Separatists to disband is disingenuous in the extreme and smacks not only of political opportunism but also no small measure of desperation.

It is clear that those behind this political stunt are using the understandable anger in the community at the murder of Emmet Sheils to further their own political objectives, namely an end to opposition to support for the RUC/PSNI and the British Administration in Stormont.

The 32 County Sovereignty Movement will not be deflected from our political work by such ill conceived political posturing nor will any other Anti Agreement Republican groupings.

Those who have sought to ferment community tensions by deliberately and falsely attributing blame for the murder of Emmet Sheils will be exposed for what they are as will their cynical use of his death for their own narrow agenda. Republicans will not be intimidated from upholding the Republican position and the 32 County Sovereignty Movement are resolute in our intention to continue our work in Derry City and across the nation.

The 32 County Sovereignty Movement are attracting disillusioned and disenfranchised Republicans right across Ireland and further a field as are other Republican organisations and the cynical manipulation of this tragic event illustrates how low Pro State Nationalists will go to undermine this growth, they will fail.

We note also the presence of the so called Deputy First Minister in Iraq. Just recently the same Minister greeted the US President to the Six Counties without a whimper of protest from him against the occupation and wholesale slaughter in that country. This reluctance to petition for protest against these blatant injustices is at least consistent with their equal reluctance to petition for protest against other high profile murders here because they do not afford him the same opportunity for cheap political kudos

The Irish Resistance Movement will not be forced to disband and anyone endeavouring to do so is not only naïve but is also acting in a dangerous manner. Attempts to foster a civil war mentality will also fail as all previous attempts have done.
The 32 County Sovereignty Movement have this pledge to make to Republicans,
While the British Occupation remains so too will Irish Resistance to that Occupation

venerdì 4 luglio 2008

Bodenstown 2008

The 32 CSM held their annual Wolfe Tone Commemoration at Bodenstown Cemetery on the 29th of June 2008. Unfortunatly the IRSP who were originally attending were not present due to the passing away of one of their comrades. An oration was given by Marion Price at the graveside of Theobald Wolfetone and a wreath was laid as a mark of respect.

Oration by Marian Price