Wednesday, 5 May 2010

éirígí: Support Grows for Republican Prisoners

Over 150 people gathered on the Falls Road on Monday [May 3] to show their support for the republican prisoners in Maghaberry Jail.

The picket, which was timed to coincide with the west Belfast route of the Belfast Marathon was attended by the family and friends of prisoners, former POWs, blanketmen and hunger-strikers, as well as éirígí activists and other republicans.

Support has been growing for the republican prisoners in Maghaberry since they staged an occupation on Easter Sunday in protest against the conditions they are forced to endure.

The two simple, reasonable demands of the prisoners and the campaign on the outside are:

1.Free association for all republican prisoners.

2.An end to degrading strip searches.

éirígí general secretary Breandán Mac Cionnaith said: “The demands of the republican prisoners in Maghaberry are in no way unreasonable or unrealistic, they are simply asking to be treated with dignity and respect.

“The conflict in Maghaberry can be resolved quite easily: restore the political status to which republican prisoners were previously entitled.”

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