THIS IS A VERY IMPORTANT ISSUE THAT ALL REPUBLICANS SHOULD COME TOGETHER TO HIGHLIGHT, EXPOSE AND OPPOSE
I was speaking to the family of a Republican prisoner recently and they told me that on Saturday 30th January Republicans visiting political prisoners in Maghaberry were subjected to rigorous strip searches. A woman was strip searched before visiting a Republican prisoner and a man was strip searched even though he was refused to have his visit. Sniffer dogs were also present along with 4 members of the RUC/PSNI.
The week before this another woman who was visiting a Republican prisoner was also strip searched.
Yesterday, 3rd February, another visitor was strip searched and again the RUC/PSNI along with a sniffer dog were present.
Not only are the occupying forces criminalising our prisoners and the struggle they are also trying to humiliate and degrade the Republicans who are visiting them.
It almost looks as if the British establishment is trying to put people off visiting their loved ones in an attempt to try and demoralise the prisoners
The families of the prisoners have to suffer enough as it is without having to endure this whenever they visit their loved ones.
I call on every Republican, regardless of which group they belong to, to unite and speak out against these disgraceful, disgusting acts.
Having members of the public humiliated and degraded in this way needs to be highlighted, we won't hear about these things on the BBC or UTV or any of the papers so it's up to us to highlight it and let the people know what is happening.
I also call on anyone who own blogs or websites to also post this article and spread the word
Newry Republicans will stand by the prisoners and their families and will do all in our power to help highlight, expose and oppose these injustices