Thursday, 24 June 2010

British Armed Forces Day Protest – Saturday

éirígí general secretary Breandán Mac Cionnaith has called for republicans and socialists to gather at Belfast City Hall on Saturday in opposition to the marking of British Armed Forces Day.

The éirígí-organised demonstration will take place at Belfast City Hall at 12pm, to coincide with the raising of the British Armed Forces flag on the building.

Mac Cionnaith said: “The marking of British Armed Forces Day by Belfast City Council is a slap in the face to all those who have lost loved ones at the hands of the British army. Coming, as it does, after the publication of the Saville report, the council should have had the sense and sensitivity to refuse to honour those who have murdered hundreds of Irish citizens over the last four decades.

“The fact is the British army is an occupying army in Ireland, its forces remain active along with the PSNI in suppressing the Irish people’s right to national self determination. It is completely inappropriate for any council in Ireland to be acting as cheerleaders for this army.

“It is notable that the constitutional nationalist parties on Belfast City Council have given next to no attention to this issue.”

Mac Cionnaith continued: “éirígí is calling for republicans and socialists from across Belfast to gather at Belfast City Hall on Saturday to express their opposition to the occupations of Ireland and Afghanistan and the decision of Belfast City Council to endorse these crimes.”

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