Monday, 30 November 2009
Monday, 23 November 2009
It's inevitable that Republicans will continue to physically oppose the Crown Forces, whether its the RUC or British army. It's a well known fact that as long as the British continue to occupy Ireland they will be met with force. Many people are not supportive of that but that does not mean that it's wrong. Every Irishman and Irishwoman have the god given right to take up arms against occupying forces.
Saturday, 21 November 2009
Obviously the term is used to try and belittle Irish Republicans.
What exactly constitutes a "Micro-Group"?
What defines a "Micro-Group"?
Here are 3 of the main reasons our opponents would use,
- Anti-Republicans say that "Micro - Groups" have no mandate.
- They say that "Micro - Groups" do not have the support of the majority of the Irish people.
- They say that "Micro - Groups" have few members.
In regards to the argument that they have no mandate, didn't Gerry Adams himself state that,
"The IRA needs no political mandate, it derives it's mandate from the presence of the British in the 6 counties".
The British presence is still here so in my opinion the same goes for anti-treaty Republicans, they also derive their mandate from the presence of the British.
Now in regards to the argument about not having the support of the majority of the Irish people, Republican groups have NEVER had the support of the majority of the Irish people. The majority of Irish people did not support the Easter rising of 1916, does that mean they were wrong? does that mean they should not have had the rising? In fact when the British were marching the rebels through Dublin, the people threw rotting vegetables at them and spat upon them.
The border campaign from 1956-1962 did not have the support of the majority of the Irish people either, in fact that is one of the reasons why the campaign was called off. Where they wrong to have the campaign ?
The PIRA campaign from 1969 until their surrender in recent years did not have the support of the majority of the Irish people. Were those volunteers wrong too?
The 3rd example is when they say that "micro-groups" have few members, This is a simple one to answer because i just have to quote James Connolly's last statement,
"Believing that the British Government has no right in Ireland, never had any right in Ireland, and never can have any right in Ireland. The presence in any one generation of even a respectable minority of Irishmen ready to die to affirm that truth makes that Government for ever an usurpation, and a crime against human progress"
It's quite obvious that those who try to degrade and slander anti-treaty Republicans are fearful of their potential.
Thursday, 19 November 2009
When éirigi activists contacted the Andersonstown News and provided dozens of stop and search documents as well as photographic and video evidence the Crown forces were forced to admit that they were lying and that they were in the area.
THEY ARE ACCOUNTABLE TO NO-ONE
THEY SHOULD BE RESISTED, EXPOSED AND OPPOSED AT EVERY OPPORTUNITY!!!
Tuesday, 17 November 2009
In the past few weeks there has been an upsurge in the level of Political policing being used against Irish Republicans and in some cases Constitutional Nationalists.
Last week enemy forces carried out arrests and raids in South Armagh in connection to alleged electoral fraud, they also raided properties linked to former Republican Sean Hughes and froze several bank accounts.
These disgraceful actions need to be condemned by everyone.
More recently senior Republican, and former POW, Tony "TC" Catney was arrested at an airport by the Crown Forces after arriving home from Scotland, and today veteran Republican, former POW and hunger striker Marian Price was arrested in West Belfast and a Republican was also arrested in Tyrone.
Since the execution of two enemy soldiers back in March, 14 people have been arrested. Two people have been charged, Brian Shivers, who almost died whilst in custody, and Lurgan Republican Colin Duffy who is no stranger to crown force harassment and collusion.
On Sunday a sponsored walk on Black Mountain in West Belfast ,organised by éirigi to raise funds, was disrupted by enemy forces. When the group ,which included women and children, descended from the hike they were met by up to 8 Armoured landrovers, 2 helicopters, several unmarked cars and 30 riot clad RUC paramilitaries. they searched everyone present under "anti-terrorist" legislation including a child in a pram.
We certainly know who's putting manners on who.
It was also recently revealed that on average 110 people are stopped every day by enemy forces using draconian stop and search procedures.
Is this the new face of policing we were promised?
Judging by these draconian tactics being used against the Republican community it's quite clear that enemy forces view anti-treaty Republicans as a threat to the status quo. Anti-Treaty Republicans are constantly growing in numbers and gaining more support.
No doubt former Republicans will tell people to go to the toothless DPP, and they will hold them to account and put manners on them blah blah blah. They need to wake up and realise that they can't hold them to account. The other Englishman who was chief constable was able to send in British Army "special Forces" without even consulting the very group that is supposed to hold them to account, the DPP.
Will senior members of PSF be demanding Marion's immediate release and describe her as a "sound Republican"?
Will PSF be running to the TV cameras to speak out about the recent injustices being inflicted on Irish Republicans or will they wait until it happens to them?
You would think that after 800 years enemy forces would realise that the more they oppress the more we'll resist!
Monday, 16 November 2009
Monday, 2 November 2009
The campaign members were met by a large number of Newry supporters who helped hand out leaflets. The support was overwhelming from the public and even the heavy rain and the RUC harrasment they received failed to dampen their spirits.
The victimisation of Colin's family and friends by the RUC had the opposite effect to that which was intended. From the outset the family had stated that they would not be silenced. This was the case in Newry as friends and supporters of the family rallied around and confronted the RUC in their attempt to disrupt the vigil.
Six County Police And A Paid Perjurer
According to Lindsay Robb, the RUC approached senior UVF figures after the IRA killing of a former UDR soldier John Lyness in 1993. The unionist murder gang was asked to supply a 'clean' witness who could claim that Colin was seen in the vicinity at the time of the shooting. The police officers involved implied if the unionist murder gang could do this for them, they would 'go easy' on investigations into UVF activity in the Mid Ulster area - even though the same organisation was actively engaged in a ruthless campaign of murder directed against Catholics at the time.
Colin was convicted in 1996, but in a dramatic turn of events, the conviction was quashed when the UVF's 'clean' witness was caught gun running in Scotland. Lindsay Robb was convicted and Colin was released when details of the extraordinary conspiracy between the RUC and the UVF emerged.
Following his release, Colin publicly said to the media, "if the RUC were prepared to collude with loyalists to take me out of circulation in 1993, then it is reasonable to assume that members of the British crown forces were involved in the UVF's attempt to take me out in 1990. This was not the first or last time the RUC, or some other section of the British crown forces, were in contact with loyalist paramilitaries.
Colin spent a total of three years unjustly imprisoned as a result of this British conspiracy. It was only as a result of a long and hard fought campaign by his friends and family that Colin was finally released in 1996.
His family are determined that this time around he shouldn't have to spend any additional years of imprisonment as a result of yet another British state conspiracy against him.
Colin's brother Paul said, "Colin's history is a history of injustice, conspiracy, collusion and breaches of human rights. These practices were not acceptable in the 1990's, they should not be acceptable today".
Paul went on to call for all those who campaigned for Colin's release in the 1990's to support the family's present campaign.
A concerted campaign was mounted demanding his release, and a number of British MPs, Irish TDs as well as numerous human rights organisations in Ireland, Britain, the US and Europe supported the campaign.
Many correctly raised questions regarding the entire process of victimisation which Colin had been subject to by the state, calling it a clear abuse of process and urging his immediate release.
Colin was held for several months before the charges were dropped.
Another woman, who was an alibi witness for the defense, was also pressurised by two detectives while she was on holiday in Scotland, who tried to intimidate her into changing her statement.
Despite twelve witnesses contradicting Witness D, and a member of her own family describing her as unreliable, the RUC had persisted in their case against Colin.
Colin's lawyer, Rosemary Nelson, who was later murdered in an act of state collusion in 1999 said: "This matter has caused the greatest concern in legal circles, amongst international civil rights bodies and public representatives."
Gareth Pierce, an English lawyer who campaigned for wrongly accused Irish prisoners in British jails said: "Every ingredient which has led to wrongful convictions in the past seems to be present in his case."
For the family, this is already a case of history repeating itself again. We are left with no choice but to once more campaign for justice on Colin's behalf.
Many of our neighbours and friends in Lurgan and other surrounding areas have already been in touch to offer their assistance in our efforts to secure his release. Indeed, on the evening following his rearrest after a court had ordered his release, we were heartened by the many people (estimated by the BBC to number almost 250) who filled the North Lurgan community centre for a public meeting which had been called with less than twenty-four hours notice.
We could be despondent and despairing for the future. We could simply resign ourselves to asking - will this victimisation and persecution ever end? We know that is what those who have mounted this prolonged campaign against Colin would like us to do. But we will not accept this injustice and we most certainly will not remain silent.
Indeed, we shall challenge the wall of silence that challenges this and other injustices.
With the help of our many friends and good neighbours with the support of all those who believe in justice, we will continue with our efforts until Colin is back where be belongs - at home in Lurgan with his wife Martine, his children, and wider family.