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International Day of Action for Irish Republican Prisoners of War 2012

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In October 2011 Irish Republicans in six European countries organised the first International Day of Action for Irish Republican Prisoners of War. The situation of the protesting prisoners in Maghaberry has worsened in the previous months. Hence Irish Republicans set up the independent International Coordination Committee “Support the POWs!” to hold the second International Day of Action for Irish Republican POWs.

 

 

This year, the International Day of Action will be organised as a worldwide day of action with events in Sydney, New York City and various European cities such as Rome, Vienna, London, Utrecht, Paris, Darmstadt and Hamburg.

 

 

Republican Sinn Féin International spokesperson Dieter Blumenfeld is part of the International Coordination Committee which was set up to organise the International Day of Action. In a statement Blumenfeld said: “More and more Irish men and women are interned by imperialist forces. Belfast republican Alan Lundy and Vinnie Ryan, who was arrested for attending his brother’s funeral, are just the most recent examples. Our comrade Martin Corey is interned since spring 2010 and Marian Price spent twelve of the last 16 months in isolation. It is important that all international activists show their continued support for the Irish republican prisoners. We have chosen October 27 as the date of the second International Day. This day is the anniversary of the 1980-Hungerstrikes. It should be a reminder to all Irish republicans that we must do everything we can to make sure that never again Irish men are forced to die on Hungerstrike in English or Irish jails.”

 

 

All information on the International Day of Action, statements and dates can be found on: supportthepows.irish-solidarity.net. The E-Mail-address to contact the International Coordination Committee is:supportthepows@irish-solidarity.netThis e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need Javascript enabled to view it.

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End Internment! No to Strip-searches!

 

Free Marian Price, Martin Corey, Gerry McGeough & Michael Campbell!

 

 

 

On October 27 Irish Republicans, political and human rights activists all over the world hold the second International Day of Action for Irish Republican Prisoners of War. More than 100 Irish men and women are held in Irish, English and Lithuanian jails because they believe in a united Ireland free of foreign role and imperialism.

 

 

 

The plight of the Irish republican prisoners in Maghaberry has worsened since last year. Many of the prisoners are on a dirty and no-wash protest for more than a year. They are locked-down for up to 23 hours per day. Protesting prisoners are brutally strip-searched whenever they attend visits or court hearings. It has been reported by a protesting prisoner that authorities acting on the orders of Governor Pat Maguire have begun to force protesting republican prisoners to move back into damp toxic cells, only hours after hosing them down, a departure from previous practice in which 48 hours was given for cells to dry out and de-fumigate.

 

 

Martin Corey is still interned in Maghaberry since April 2010. Martin Corey is a Republican from Lurgan, Co. Armagh. He was sentenced to Life Imprisonment in December 1973. At that time he was only 19 years old. He was to spend the next 19 years of his life in jail until he was finally released without signing anything in June 1992. Without warning on April 16th 2010 he was taken back into custody. No Reason was given to Martin at the time or since his return to jail.

 

 

Marian Price is interned since 2011. British secretary of state Owen Paterson who claims to have revoked a licence Price was released from prison when close to death in 1980. The British authorities claim that this pardon is either lost or shredded. To date there has been no investigation to recover this crucial piece of evidence. Price spent over one year in isolation and is still suffering as result of this torturous treatment. UN appointed doctors have advised that Price can no longer effectively participate in proceedings against her. At present Price is suffering from pneumonia and other serious illnesses. Marian is interned for offences dating back to 1973 that she was pardoned for.

 

 

These are just two examples of the reintroduction if internment in the 6 occupied Counties of Ireland. Prominent republican Gerry McGeough is another example as are the recent arrests of Belfast republican Alan Lundy who is interned for organising a peaceful protest against a loyalist march in North Belfast and the Dublin 3, Darragh Evans, Nathan Kinsella and Vinnie Ryan who is interned for attending his brother’s funeral.

 

 

Irish Republican Michael Campbell is in a cell in Lithuania for more than three years now. In July 2012 he informed his supporters: “I was not allowed to make a phone call to my wife in Ireland for a period of three years.”

 

 

These are just a few examples for the awful treatment of Irish Republican Prisoners of War. These men and women fought for their people and for freedom. For this very reason they are locked in imperialist jail. These men and women fought for our future! We call on all human rights groups, republicans, socialists and freedom loving people worldwide to take a stand and support the Irish political prisoners!

 

 

October 27 is the anniversary of the 1980 Hungerstrikes in the H-Blocks. Let’s support today’s prisoners and put pressure on the English, Irish Freestate and Lithuanian governments. It is in our hands to secure that a situation like 1980/81 when Irish men were forced to die on Hungerstrike will never return!

 

 

Say no to internment and strip-searches!

Support the protesting prisoners in Maghaberry and the republican prisoners in Belfast Hydebank, Portlaoise and Lithuania!

For the immediate and unconditional release of Marian Price, Martin Corey, Gerry McGeough & Michael Campbell!

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As part of the International Day of Action for Irish Republican POWs, the Sydney branch of the James Connolly Association Australia will hold a gathering in solidarity with imprisoned comrades in British, Free-state and European jails.

 

 

The event will also encompass a historical talk and wreath-laying at the Irish Martyrs Monument, Waverley Cemetery, Sydney at 3.30pm on Saturday 27th October. The monument marks the final resting place of Michael Dwyer - The Wicklow Chief.

 

 

Dwyer was a member of the United Irishmen who conducted a guerilla campaign against the British forces of occupation in the Wicklow area between 1798 and his capture in 1803. From that date until his deportation to Australia he was a political prisoner held in a British jail in Ireland - much the same as our comrades in Maghaberry today.

 

 

In solidarity with our prisoners and internees, meeting at 3.00pm on Saturday 27th October at The Cock n' Bull, Bondi Junction, before moving on to Waverley Cemetery.

 

Facebook-page for the Sydney-POW-Day event:

http://www.facebook.com/events/428378650553130/

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James Connolly Assosiation Australia:

 

Below is a report from the Sydney event which was held as part of the International Day of Action for Irish Republican POWs. Photos of the event can be found in our albums.

 

As part of the International Day of Action for Irish Republican POWs, the Sydney branch of the James Connolly Association Australia held an event in solidarity with our imprisoned comrades on Saturday afternoon 27th October at Waverley, Sydney. A brief background to the current situation in the prisons was given by one of the speakers, and the prisoners in Portlaoise and Maghaberry were thanked for the statements they had written and sent to Irish Republicans gathered throughout the world. These statements were read out to those gathered for the event. Prior to the closing of proceedings, a local Irish-Australian historian gave a detailed account of the history of deportations of Irish Republican prisoners to Australia during the eras of the United Irishmen and the Fenians.

 

http://www.facebook.com/#!/jamesconnollyassociation

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