The Repubriean voice
May - June 2008
Following the politically motivated internment of four members of the 32 County Sovereignty Movement from Derry by Free State forces it is essential that all republicans now unite to end this practice once and for all. Gary Donnelly, Mickey Gallagher, Martin O Neill and Paddy McDaid now languish in Portlaoise internment camp along with dozens of other republicans who are interned on bogus membership charges. Their crime'? - Opposition to the British inspired Belfast agreement.
That the southern establishment can intern members of a legal political movement without any evidence has barely raised a whimper
among even the most liberal and supposedly 'enlightened' politicians in Ireland nor has it done so among those who term themselves repub Mean. The reason why they have failed to raise this wholesale breach of civil liberties and human rights Is simple, they support it.
In a recent issue of our news sheet Beir Bua the 32 CSM highlighted the cases of a number of republicans convicted on the word of a Garda superintendent. The cases of Aidan O Driscoil, Vinny Kelly and Sean Connolly illustrated how ridiculously easy it is for the state police to fabricate charges against republicans and republicans fear that is why the four Derry men were arrested in the south. The feeling amongst the republican base is that there is agreement between M15 and the Free State Branch to arrest known activists In the 26 countes In advance of policing and justice being devolved to the colonial pariiament in Stormont.
The reason for this agreement is that the burden of proof required by the Free State Branch is non existent and republicans can be packed away for up to six years for nothing. This is an issue that affects all republicans as members of Republican Sinn Fein and the Irish Republican Socialist Party will testify and it is essential that republicans, regardless of party affiliation, must unite to challenge it. Upon fur ther consideration it affects not alone republicans but may well be used to neutralise any individual or movement that the state perceives as a threat. Anti War activists or those campaigning against the theft of Irish natural resources may well be deemed as enemies of the state in the future and dealt with by similar legislation. All Irish democrats must unite to fight this tyrannical and fascistic misuse of power before it is deemed acceptable and rolled into the six counties as well.
Glor na poblachta