Thursday, 29 July 2010
British Army Still Closing Irish Roads
The stretch of the Shore Road close to Ballykinler British army base has been closed indefinitely to civilian traffic after an executive order was issued to that effect this week by the British secretary of state Owen Patterson.
The British government’s Justice & Security Act of 2007, which is applicable solely to the Six Counties, gives the British army permanent powers to requisition property. This power had previously only been available to the British army under emergency legislation.
Mac Cionnaith said: “The disruptive nature of the British army presence in the Six Counties can be seen again with the closure of the Shore Road in Ballykinler. This closure should be seen for what it is: a declaration of intent on the part of the British government to protect its occupation by any means deemed necessary.
“Three years ago, we were told that, with the ending of Operation Banner, the role of the British army in Ireland was effectively at an end. Yet here we are in 2010 and the British army is seizing and closing an Irish road to everyone but the Crown Forces.
“The establishment parties who support the current dispensation in the Six Counties have been extremely quiet in the face of this clear act of aggression on the part of the British government. Perhaps the litany of false dawns they have proclaimed has shamed them into silence.”
Mac Cionnaith continued: “The British army’s malign involvement in Ireland cannot be allowed to go unchallenged. Now, more than ever, republicans should begin organising themselves for renewed resistance to the British occupation.”