Irish Republicans demand Political Status for Prisoners
Activists in six Continental European Countries support struggle of Republican Prisoners
Vienna/Rome/Paris – To make the people in Continental Europe aware of the situation of the Irish Republican Prisoners and their struggle for their rights and political status, Irish Republican activists and their supporters in six Continental European countries organized a day of action. Pickets and other actions were organized in France, Italy, Germany, the Netherlands, Austria and Sweden.
Activists and supporters distributed thousands of leaflets demanding Political Status for the Republican Prisoners in Maghaberry and the immediate release of the Republican activists Martin Corey and Marian Price. Outside the British Embassy in Rome, Italy, about 50 people gathered in support of the POWs.
Dieter Blumenfeld, spokesperson of the Sinn Féin Poblachtach International Bureau said: “It was a significant day for Irish Republicans all over the world. For the last twenty years Westminster, Dublin and Stormont want to tell the world that the struggle for Irish freedom is over. Though in the year 2011 people in six different Continental European countries go out and show their support with the continued struggle for Irish freedom.
“It’s no coincidence that just days after the 30th anniversary of the end of the 1981-Hunger Strikes people demand the restauration of Political Status. 30 years later Irish people are still forced to go on protest to demand their rights. The reason is clear – British occupation.
“We see regular protests in support of Palestinian, Kurdish or Cuban political prisoners. This is highly important and we as Irish Republicans support all comrades worldwide in their fight against imperialism. Nevertheless people should not forget that in the centre of Europe, there is one EU-member state occupying parts of another EU-member state. In the Northern Counties we have direct British rule, in the South we see the implementation of neo-colonial rule by the EU – as long as this situation continues the struggle for Irish Freedom is necessary and just.
Full reports of all protests will be covered on http://www.irish-solidarity.net over the coming days.
Contact: Dieter Blumenfeld (PRO RSF Europe), 0044 782 676 20 9- –
Republican Sinn Féin International Relations Bureau
Sinn Féin Poblachtach Roinn Gnóthaí Idirnáisiúnta
phone: +44 782 676 20 96
post: Republican Sinn Féin, Stiftgasse 8, 1070 Vienna, Austria
Sinn Féin Poblachtach
phone: +353-1-872 9747
fax: +353-1-872 9757
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