TYRONE'S GERRY MCGEOUGH
McGeough Arrest Politically Motivated
Candidate Gerry McGeough, who ran on an anti-PSNI
platform in Fermanagh/Tyrone, was arrested by
the RUC the day after the election and is being
charged with a political offense he was supposed
to have committed 25 years ago. He is being held
at the Antrim Interrogation Center.
Throughout the campaign Gerry argued that the
RUC/PSNI had inflicted collusion murder torture
and perjury in the name of British rule and should
not receive the backing or cooperation of any
true Irishman or woman. Now the question every
Irish Republican and Nationalist should be asking
themselves is what has changed with the policing
in the north of Ireland? Gerry McGeough, an ex-IPOW,
who wants peace in a united Ireland and decided
to work within the democratic process by running
for office, is a prime example of what the RUC
is still all about. It's quite clear, by the politically
motivated arrest of Gerry McGeough, that any republican
not following British "party line" will
now be, once again, subjected to intimidation
tactics, arrest and maybe even torture by the
RUC/PSNI. The backing of the RUC/PSNI was a mistake
and Gerry's arrest on a fabricated 1981 charge
proves he was right that the RUC/PSNI is determined
to do away with anyone who opposes and speaks
out against them.
HELP TO FREE GERRY MCGEOUGH
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Condemn Politically Motivated Arrest of Gerry
32 County Sovereignty Movement condemns the politically
motivated arrest of assembly candidate Gerry McGeough
outside Omagh Leisure Centre on
Thursday 8th March.
disgraceful arrest is not only an attack on his
mandate and on the nationalist people but is also
a clear message that the RUC/PSNI hasn't changed
and despite assertions from Provisional Sinn Fein
the RUC will still carry out political policing
functions at the behest of the British security
arrest is quite clearly a shot across the bows
of Mr Adams and his party and a reminder that
they must fully endorse British law in Ireland
and the political establishment that enacts such
timing of this arrest is irrefutable evidence
of political policing and the fact that it was
carried out just after the election as opposed
to prior to elections clearly indicates political
intervention by the British security establishment.
It further underlines the folly of nationalist
endorsement of British policing in Ireland.
Arrest Politically Motivated
Helen McClafferty 9 March
The arrest of Gerry McGeough, an Independent candidate
who ran for election in Fermanagh/South Tyrone
on an anti-PSNI platform, is a blatant act of
arrogance on the part of the RUC and one can't
help but believe that his arrest was most definitely
Gerry McGeough, one of the most charismatic, highly
educated and intelligent Republican candidates
to emerge on the political scene since the signing
of the Stormont Agreement, has been an outspoken
opponent to Sinn Fein's acceptance of the PSNI.
It is really amazing how the arrest took place
the day after the elections rather than before.
Was the PSNI and Sinn Fein afraid if Gerry was
arrested prior to the election he would have won
even more votes based on Nationalist/Republican
If the PSNI "is only doing it's duty investigating
serious crime" then why hasn't the entire
staff of Sinn Fein been arrested and detained
for their supposed serious actions in the past?
Maybe it's because Sinn Fein has won from the
British an "amnesty for themselves alone."
Republican Sinn Fein 12 March
Michael McManus - RSF candidate for Fermanagh/South
Tyrone - has called the arrest and subsequent
charging of both Gerry McGeough and Vincie McAnepsie
as a disgrace and a shameful exercise on the part
of the British to show who really is the boss.
election results, and in particular the successful
effort on the part of the censors within the media
to prevent any airing of the Republican viewpoint,
has emboldened the enemies of Irish Republicans,
and those who chose to vote for the Provos and
the SDLP should now hang their heads in shame.
warned that a vote for either party was a vote
to support this armed wing of the Crown Forces:
now clearly as a result of that vote, Gerry and
Vincie are just the first two who are now being
held to account for their Republicanism.
acknowledge and thank those near 1,250 voters
who chose to oppose the RUC by voting for RSF
or Gerry McGeough and we go forward in the belief
that we must build on that support to ensure that
electorally the Republican Movement continues
to challenge all enemies of the Republic.
send solidarity greetings to both the McGeough
and the McAnepsie families in this difficult time