The Republican Voice
August - September 2008
The 32 County Sovereignty Movement have sent a message to those who petitioned the people of Derry in order to put pressure on Anti Agreement Republican Separatists to disband. A well attended Anti-Internment protest in the city clearly stated that the 32CSM are here to stay. This attempt to undermine the republican position is disingenuous in the extreme and smacks not only of political opportunism but also in no small measure of desperation. It is clear that those behind this political stunt are using the understandable anger in the community at the mur der of Emmet Shells to further their own political objectives, namely an attempt to end opposition to the RUC/PSNI and the British Administration in Stormont.
The 32 County Sovereignty Movement will not be deflected from our political work by such ill conceived political posturing nor will any other Anti-Agreement Republican groupings. Those who have sought to ferment community tensions by deliberately and falsely attributing blame for the murder of Emmet Shells will be exposed for what they are, as will their cynical use of his death for their own narrow agenda. Republicans will not be intimidated from uphold¬ ing the Republican position and we in the 32 County Sovereignty Movement are resolute in our intention to continue our work in Derry City and across the nation.
The 32 County Sovereignty Movement are attracting disillusioned and disenfranchised Republicans right across Ireland and further a field as are other Republican organisations and the cynical manipulation of this tragic event illustrates how low Pro State Nationalists will go to undermine this growth. They will fail.
We noted also the presence of the so-called Deputy First Minister in Iraq at the time of this petition. Just recently the same Minister greeted the US President to the Six Counties without a whimper of protest against the occupation and wholesale slaughter in that country. This reluctance to protest against these blatant injustices is at least consistent with his equal reluctance to protest against other high profile mur¬ ders here because they do not afford him the same opportunity for cheap political kudos
The Irish Resistance Movement will not be forced to disband and anyone endeavouring to attempt this is not only naive but is also act¬ ing in a dangerous manner. Attempts to foster a civil war mentality will also fail as all previous attempts have done. The 32 County Sovereignty Movement have this pledge to make to Republicans:
While the British Occupation remains so too will Irish Resistance to that Occupation.