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.