POW-Day 2012

From Paris to Sydney

October 2012

From Paris to Sydney: World wide support for Irish POWs Irish Republicans and their supporters all over the world held the second annual International Day of Action for Irish Republican Prisoners of War on October 27. Pickets were organised 12 countries on 3 continents such as New York, Sydney, London, Rome, Manchester, Toronto, Paris, Glasgow, New Jersey, Hamburg, Colorado, Darmstadt, Dusseldorf, Vienna, Marburg, Utrecht or Goteborg.

The International POW-Day 2012 was organised by the International Committee ‘Support the POWs!’. A statement issued on behalf of the International POW-Day demanded the immediate release of Martin Corey, Marian Price and Michael Campbell and called for an end of strip-searches and internment. The statement was signed by the Republican Sinn Féin International Bureau, Republican Sinn Féin in Scotland, Cumann naSao?rse Ná?s?únta (USA), the Gaughan/Stagg Cumann (England, Wales), the Irish Republican Prisoners’ Solidarity Group London, Irish Republican Solidarity Darmstadt (Germany), James Connolly Association (Australia), Liberation Irlande (France), Maghaberry Awareness Group Colorado (USA), Maghaberry Awareness Group Hamburg (Germany) and Odio de Clase (Spain).
Statements by the republican prisoners in Maghaberry and by republican prisoners in Portlaoise were received by the Committee ‘Support the POWs!’. The republican prisoners in Maghaberry jail sent greetings to the Committee ‘Support the POWs!’ saying: “The support we have received from those across the world makes us more determined and resolute, we are indeed grateful for such support, and ask for your continued support and activism on our behalf. We applaud those of you who take to the streets all over the world in protest at the detention of true Republicans.” The statement from the republican prisoners in Maghaberry is available from: http://www.irish-solidarity.net/db1/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=598:greetings-from-the-republican-prisoners-in-maghaberry-jail&catid=80:supportthepows&Itemid=93 The letter from Portlaoise is available here: http://www.irish-solidarity.net/db1/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=600:letter-from-a-republican-held-in-portlaoise-gaol-to-international-pow-day-2012&catid=80:supportthepows&Itemid=93

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 at Waverley, Sydney. A wreath was laid at the Irish Martyrs Monument and the statements by the republican prisoners in Portlaoise and Maghaberry were read out. 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.

Republican Sinn Féin Scotland organised an event in Port Glasgow to raise awareness of the on-going plight of the prisoners in Maghaberry. Activists distributed leaflets in the area. Irish republicans also held a successful picket outside Celtic Park and a protest demanding an end to the media black-out of the plight of Irish POWs outside BBC Alba.

The Irish Prisoners’ Solidarity Group held a picket outside the Ministry of Justice in London. In Manchester Irish republican held a protest outside the central train station. Some pictures and the leaflet distributed in Manchester can be found on the website of the Gaughan/Stagg-Cumann:http://gaughanstaggcumann.blogspot.com/2012/10/international-pow-day-manchester.html

In Germany protests and stalls were held in various cities. Activists of Republican Sinn Féin organised a stall in Marburg and distributed leaflets and information on Éire Nua and Saol Nua in central Marburg and outside the bookshop Roter Stern (Red Star). In Hamburg members of the Maghaberry Awareness Group distributed leaflets in various shopping malls and on the airport. They also reported that a vigil was held outside the Lithuanian Consulate demanding the immediate release of Michael Campbell. In Dusseldorf activists of the Support the Irish POWs Group Wuppertal organised a protest and distributed leaflets outside the English General Consulate. In Darmstadt the Irish Republican Solidarity Group organised two stalls in the city centre. Furthermore the nation-wide network in support of political prisoners Rote Hilfe (Red Aid) issued a press release in support of the International POW-Day. H. Lange of the national leadership of the Rote Hilfe said the network supports the Irish republican POWs and calls for an end of selective internment and solitaire confinement. The press release can be found on the website of the Rote Hilfe: http://www.rote-hilfe.de

In the Austrian capitol Vienna members of Republican Sinn Féin distributed leaflets in support of the Irish POWs. Leaflets were also distributed by activists of Republican Sinn Féin in the Dutch town Utrecht and in two Swedish towns, among these Goteborg. The night before October 27 activists in Utrecht sprayed some graffiti in parts of Utrecht, one in Wijk bij Duurstede, calling for the support of Irish republican prisoners.

In Rome a picket was organised by Republican Sinn Féin in Italy. RSF members Massimiliano Vitelli reported that the picket in Piazza di spagna was well attended and even groups of Irish tourists joined the picket singing Irish protest songs. A full report can be read on the website The-Five-Demands:http://thefivedemands.org/2012/10/29/international-day-of-action-presidio-di-solidarieta-con-i-pows-irlandesi/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+TheFiveDemands+%28The+Five+Demands%29

In Paris a group of comrades of the French group Liberation Irlande placed a plaque on the base of the replica of the Statute of Liberty which read: ‘Solidarity with the Irish republican prisoners, Paris, 27.10.2012’. Later that day they organised a picket outside the Irish Culture Centre on Rue des Irlandais. Reports and pictures are available from the website of Liberation Irlande: http://liberationirlande.wordpress.com/

In North America pickets were held in Colorado by the Maghaberry Awareness Group Colorado and in Toronto a group of Anti Colonialist Working Group members and supporters braved the rain and held an info picket outside of the English consulate. Members of the National Irish Freedom Committee distributed leaflets in central New Jersey. In New York City a meeting wasjointly sponsored by the Free Marian Price Campaign, US, the Free Gerry McGough Campaign and the Release Martin Corey Campaign, US. A full report will be carried on: http://irishfreedom.net/

Republican Sinn Féin also held pickets in support of the POWs in Lurgan, Co. Armagh, Dublin and a stall in Galway. At the POW picket in Lurgan Cáit Trainor who is an Ard Chomhairle member of Republican Sinn Féin from Armagh, was arrested and taken to Lurgan barracks. From there she was taken to Hydebank jail in Belfast to serve a two-week sentence imposed in March this year at Craigavon courthouse. Cait who is Chairperson of the Release Martin Corey Campaign was fined for ‘participating in and organising’ a march through Lurgan in January 2011 in support of Martin Corey who is interned without trial in Maghaberry jail, Co Antrim, since his licence was revoked by the British secretary of state in 2010. Cáit refused to pay the fine of £700 imposed on her and so today was arrested after once again highlighting the plight of the POWs interned without charge or trial, and also by remand, in Maghaberry jail. For more information visit: http://www.releasemartincorey.com/

Dieter Blumenfeld, spokesperson of the Committee ‘Support the POWs!’ and International PRO of Republican Sinn Féin said: “More than 30 years after the H-Block Hunger strikes ended, Irish prisoners are once again forced to protest for their rights. Some of these men are on dirty-protest for more than a year. Injustice in Ireland is growing. Marian Price and Martin Corey are both interned for more than a year and an Irishman held in a Lithuanian jail is denied his basic human rights. We commend all Irish republicans, their supporters and political activists who helped to make the International Day of Action for Irish POWs a tremendous success.”

“The important tool to be successful in the fight for the rights of Irish POWs is international pressure on the governments of the Irish Free State, England and Lithuania. The second international day was a day Irish republicans all over the world put their strengths together and showed that Irish republicanism is alive and growing after years of hardship. The International POW-Day was the most powerful show of strength of Irish republicanism on an international level in decades. The Republican Movement and the Republican POWs can build from this international support and we are more determined than ever to support our comrades.”

The International Committee ‘Support the POWs!’ will decide in the coming weeks about future protests for Irish POWs. The e-mail address of the committee is: supportthepows@irish-solidarity.net . For more information, visit:http://supportthepows.irish-solidarity.net/

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Irish Republican News reports on International POW-Day

Saturday, 27 October 2012

PROTESTS
The cause of internees Marian Price, Martin Corey and the ongoing abuse of political prisoners at Maghaberry will be the focus of worldwide protests tomorrow.

An International Day of Action for Irish Republican Prisoners is being organised by Republican Sinn Fein’s international department.

There will be some 16 protests in 11 countries on three continents such as New York, Sydney, Rome, London, Rome, Manchester, Toronto, Paris, Glasgow, Hamburg, Colorado, Darmstadt, Dusseldorf, Magdeburg, Utrecht or Goteborg, as well as in Dublin, Galway and Lurgan in Ireland.

Dieter Blumenfeld, spokesperson of the organising committee said: ?More than 30 years after the H-Block Hunger strikes ended, Irish prisoners are once again forced to protest for their rights. Some of these men are on dirty-protest for more than a year. Injustice in Ireland is growing.

“Marian Price and Martin Corey are both interned for more than a year and an Irishman held in a Lithuanian jail is denied his basic human rights.

“We urge all Irish republicans, their supporters and political activists to show support for the Irish republican prisoners on October 27.
“Only international pressure can be successful in the campaign to support the Irish republican prisoners.”

For more information, visit: http://supportthepows.irish-solidarity.net

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Republican Sinn Féin Ard Chomhairle member arrested at POW picket

Saturday, 27 October 2012

At a POW picket in Lurgan, Co Armagh on the International Day of Action for Irish Republican POWs, October 27, Cáit Trainor, Ard Chomhairle member, Republican Sinn Féin, Armagh was arrested and taken to Lurgan barracks where she will be held until Monday. From there she will be taken to Hydebank jail in Belfast to serve a two-week sentence imposed in March this year at Craigavon courthouse.

Cait was fined for ‘participating in and organising’ a march through Lurgan in January 2011 in support of Martin Corey, interned without trial in Maghaberry jail, Co Antrim, since his licence was revoked by the British secretary of state in 2010.

Cáit refused to pay the fine of €700 imposed on her and so today was arrested after once again highlighting the plight of the POWs interned without charge or trial, and also by remand, in Maghaberry jail.

Pickets took place throughout Europe, in Canada and in the US on October 27 to bring awareness to the plight of the POWs. The ongoing protest in Maghaberry jail will continue to bring people onto the streets until full political status is restored, strip searching and controlled movement ended and freedom of association granted to the men.

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New York: International Day of Action in support of Irish Republican POW

Saturday, 24 November 2012 19:25

On Saturday, October 27th, Cumann na Saoirse Ná?s?únta participated in an International Day of Action in support of Irish Republican POWs with a program held at Rocky Sullivan’s in Red Hook, Brooklyn.

Protests and events highlighting the plight of the Republican POWs in Maghaberry Prison in the Six Counties; the internment without trial of Republicans such as Martin Corey; the illegal detention of Marian Price; the imprisonment of Gerry McGeough were held in Dublin, Lurgan, New York, Sydney, London, Rome, Manchester, Toronto, Paris, Glasgow, Hamburg, Colorado, Darmstadt, Dusseldorf, Magdeburg, Utrecht and Gothenburg. It was the most significant and coordinated display of international solidarity with Irish Republican prisoners in many years and involved at least 16 protests in 12 countries on three continents.

The program in New York consisted of speakers from several prisoner campaign groups as well as musical entertainment. Speakers included Jim Sullivan, President of Brooklyn AOH; Jane Enright, Cumann na Saoirse Ná?s?únta and the Release Martin Corey Campaign, USA; Martin Galvin, Brehon Law Society and the Free Gerry McGeough Campaign, USA; Sandy Boyer, co-host of WBAI’s Radio Free Eireann program and the Free Marian Price campaign, USA; and Dan Dennehey, NYS AOH Freedom for All Ireland Chairman.

The event was attended by about 50 people from the tri-state area. Attendees signed petitions and greeting cards to each of the prisoners as a sign of solidarity that the political situation in Ireland is not normal and that British Rule is still being met with resistance.

Traditional Irish music, performed by Peadar O’Hici, Pio Ryan, Chris Finnegan, Ray Collins, Rachel Fitzgerald, Andrew Harkin and Jason Goodrow, was enjoyed by all.

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Weekly Worker published Maghaberry POW-Statement

The Republican Prisoners of War in Maghaberry jail sent greetings to all participants of the International POW-Day 2012. The paper of the Communist Party of Great Britain published the greetings by the republican prisoners of war in Maghaberry jail to the International Day of Action for Irish POWs 2012 in their current issue. The greetings appeared unter the headline ‘Day of Action’ on the letter page 3 in Weekly Worker 936, Thursday November 1, 2012. The paper is available as PDF from the website of the CPGB: http://www.cpgb.org.uk/home/weekly-worker/936

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