EASTER STATEMENTS DEI PRINCIPALI MOVIMENTI E PARTITI POLITICI REPUBBLICANI
Una raccolta delle Dichiarazioni di Pasqua 2012 dei maggiori movimenti e partiti politici repubblicani
Qui di seguito gli Easter Statements proclamati nel corso delle varie commemorazioni che si sono susseguite la Domenica e il Lunedì di Pasqua. La raccolta è attualmente incompleta. Procederemo ad aggiornamenti non appena verranno divulgati i testi delle dichiarazioni dei movimenti e partiti politici repubblicani, al momento non ancora disponibili
- 32 COUNTY SOVEREIGNITY MOVEMENT EASTER STATEMENT 2012
- REPUBLICAN NETWORK FOR UNITY EASTER STATEMENT 2012
- SINN FEIN EASTER SUNDAY SPEECH 2012
- REPUBLICAN SINN FEIN EASTER STATEMENT 2012
- IRISH REPUBLICAN SOCIALIST COMMITTEES OF NORTH AMERICA EASTER STATEMENT 2012
The 32CSM would like to thank all of you for attending and all who travelled from near and far to be here. We send solidarity greetings to fellow Republicans and to all those who struggle against oppression and Imperialism. We would also like to pay special tribute to our honorary National Secretary Marian Price who may be absent here today, interned in a British cell but who is always in our thoughts.
It has been nearly 100 years since the Irish Volunteers and their comrades in the Irish Citizens Army marched out in unison to declare a Republic and to defend it through any means necessary. We are here today to remember their sacrifice and the sacrifice of all those who died struggling to realize that aim.
The past 100 years have seen many changes, however the underlying political problems which motivated the men who marched out that April morning remain. The twin presence of imperialism and capitalism continue to cast a long shadow over the lives of the Irish people. Republicans stand here today continuing to defy those who demand submission.
The past year has highlighted the extent to which the six county state remains an outpost of British oppression. We have seen the continuing harassment of Republican families, the return of the supergrass system, internment and the inhumane treatment of Republican prisoners in British jails. The targeting of our families has shown up the PSNI as the inheritors of the RUC’s shameful legacy.
Children are being brought into a political conflict, not through the actions of Republicans but by the trauma they have suffered at the hands of the PSNI. The searching of children as young as five and six has been admitted as a regular occurrence by this police force that we are expected to embrace as one which is here to defend our community. The actions of the PSNI have not only resulted in a new generation rejecting their presence it has also shown that no British force in Ireland will ever be utilized for anything other than to repress dissent.
The 32CSM challenges those who defend these servants of the crown, to explain what Republican argument exists that defends the right of the PSNI to traumatise children and harass activists promoting the Republican political message.
The return of supergrass trials is a timely reminder that little has changed in the six counties. Old tactics are being revived despite being totally discredited and contrary to the very notion of due process. Although these efforts have so far been aimed at Loyalists it is obvious that should they prove useful they will then be utilized against Republicans. The 32CSM stands resolutely against this system of paid perjury.
As in the case of Marian Price the British government have already proved that should there be no case to answer in court then they will dispense with the judicial process. Internment is alive in 2012 and its victims are filling the wings of Maghaberry prison. Marian has been interned now for the best part of a year in isolation for her political opposition to the Stormont regime.
She was intended to serve as an example by the British, a warning to all who dare challenge their right to rule in Ireland. Instead Marian stands today as an inspiration to all who refuse to bend the knee in the face of oppression. The 32CSM will continue to rally around Marian and we urge all Republicans to do likewise. We also send greetings to the prisoners on protest in Maghaberry. They have shown that in the words of Volunteer Bobby Sands “They have nothing in their whole imperialist arsenal that can break the spirit of one Irishman who refuses to be broken”
The prisoners in Maghaberry are standing by the Republican position. This is the same position that the 32CSM has always stood by, that the Republican struggle is a legitimate political one whose adherents will not be criminalised. The 32CSM has since our inception put forward a consistent and logical political argument. We believe that the fundamental source of conflict in Ireland remains the violation of Irish Sovereignty through the occupation of the six counties. As such all our actions, positions and future endeavours are underpinned by the reality of the occupation.
In the past two years there has been a clamour of numerous individuals, religious figures and political personalities rushing to call for Republicans to engage in dialogue. They have presented Republicans as unwilling to talk or as criminals devoid of any political argument. This is a distortion of history and an attempt to mask their true intentions. The 32CSM has sent our policy positions which are publicly available to all political parties In Ireland. No one can claim that we have failed to make public our position. Those seeking to engage in dialogue with Republicans have given no basis for which such talks should take place. This is because they have no intention of addressing the core issues of the conflict.
The narrative that is being peddled by the establishment is one of Republican violence and refusal to engage politically with the Stormont regime. Republicans however have consistently pointed to the British presence as the source of conflict. The only legitimate basis for engaging in discussion is to talk about the removal of the occupation. Other secondary issues can then be engaged with as outlined in our policy.
Today we say to the British government, their allies in Stormont and those calling for dialogue, the IRA are not the source of conflict, they are a response to an illegal occupying force. The suppression of republican political activists by the state is no accident. They seek to undermine the political nature of Republicanism. They fear our argument not only because it is consistent but because there is no way to accommodate it within the occupation. Republicans cannot and will not engage with the institutions of partition and those who do have no right to claim the label Republicans.
We are fast approaching the centenary of the Easter Rising; however next year will mark 100 years since the 1913 strike and lockout. In 1913 it was Irish capitalists supported by the British government supressing the working class. Capitalist oppression has no limitations of nationality. These coming years should be a time for Republicans to reflect on the social struggle and its intertwining with the goal of national liberation.
Irish Republicans have not always given the social struggle its proper place within the wider movement. This has been to the detriment of our cause and has seen us too willing to make compromises which have betrayed the working class from which we draw our support. The 32CSM has committed itself to the establishment of a sovereign Republic. We accept the analysis of James Connolly, that without the twin destruction of Capitalism and Imperialism in Ireland then there can never be true freedom.
The inescapable conclusion for all Republicans must be that just as Imperialism is politically bankrupt so is Capitalism morally bankrupt. We do not believe that replacing the union jack with a tricolour will be a sufficient resolution for the ordinary people of Ireland. We also recognize the reformist and anti-revolutionary nature of constitutional nationalism. They will wrap themselves with the green flag whilst enacting Tory and IMF cuts. Whilst we recognize the integral role of the class struggle in National liberation we lament the failure of the broader socialist movement to recognize that without the removal of British occupation there will be no defeat of Capitalism.
The 32CSM understands that these are not easy times to be a Republican. We firmly believe that we have a solid framework available that provides for a New and better society in Ireland. We have placed ourselves at the heart of our communities to better defend their interests. We feel that increasingly republicans are faced with the option of doing what is right or doing what is easy. The unavoidable conclusion to reach when looking at former comrades in Stormont is that there is simply no constitutional path to a United Ireland.
In the coming months we will be expanding upon our social program and we ask all 32CSM activists and supporters to give their input into this effort. We salute the continued resistance efforts by the volunteers of the IRA, their courage and resilience in the face of such odds stands as an example to all Republicans. We urge all of you to go from here today and to continue your activism on the streets and in our communities. We will continue to grow and our message will continue to serve as an opposition to those who urge conformity instead of resistance, subservience instead of revolution and slavery instead of freedom. Onwards to a Sovereign Republic
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The Republican Network for Unity extends fraternal greetings to our Activists, supporters, and friends and to all republicans at home and abroad, especially to all Irish political prisoners in Maghaberry, Portlaoise and Lithuania.
Let us start by re-affirming our belief that the “long usurpation” of Ireland’s right to freedom and national sovereignty by the British government, Britain’s partition of our country, and the injustices of social and economic inequality inherent in partition, have always been the root causes of conflict in Ireland.
Today across the nation and the world as Irish republicans gather to honour their patriot dead, the modern legacies of historical injustices are plain to see. The men and women of Easter 1916 proclaimed, fought and died for the equal right of all Irish people from every part of Ireland to national freedom and sovereignty. They proclaimed this right to be indefeasible- meaning it could never be sold or signed away. Those patriots, who fought for Ireland then and in generations since, did so pledging themselves to this right.
Yet there are some today in Ireland who would have you think that this right disappears at Belleck, Jonesborough, Coshquinn and the many other plethora of border towns and parishes which were written out of Irish freedom by the treacherous Free State treaty of 1922.
They are happy to accept and promote the notion that those Irish citizens residing in the six counties still held by Britain, should accept that their right to freedom does not exist or at best exists subservient to a unionist veto. These custodians of power and privilege, the politician class both north and south operate under the disgraceful understanding that some citizens should be content with their lot because others have been gifted with seats and ministries at Stormont.
They passionately ignore the fact that the Irish working class have been blighted by the legacy of partition, and the economic manipulations made possible because our country and our peoples mind-sets have been unjustifiably and deliberately divided.
On this the 96th anniversary of the Easter Rising, we remember all of the Volunteers who made the ultimate sacrifice in the cause of the national, social and economic liberation of Ireland. We salute their bravery and we are inspired by their courage and vision and we will ensure that their sacrifice will never be in vain.
As Irish Republicans we gather every Easter to renew our faith in our ideology and pledge continued loyalty to the legacy bequeathed by our patriot dead.
Today in Maghaberry prison under a compromised justice ministry appointed and re-appointed with Sinn Fein backing, Irish republican prisoners will also commemorate our fallen; they unlike us however will face the force of prison batons for doing so, because today in Ireland the Easter lily is a “banned” item in Maghaberry prison.
The island of equals that was promised to us doesn’t, it seems extend to honouring Irelands dead. Nor are some who claim the mantle of Republicanism unduly troubled that they stand behind a British justice regime which brutalizes Republican political prisoners for honouring the legacy of 1916.
This is of course only one of many injustices which those in the corridors of power would gladly have us ignore if only our sense of justice was as shallow as theirs.
We in RNU demand an end to the Internment of former Hunger-Striker Marian Price. She should not be in prison. She was not out on licence. Marian was pardoned which means that British secretary of state Owen Patterson had no power to revoke her licence.
Marian’s family and legal team have now been told that these pardon documents have been lost possibly shredded! Is this what passes for justice in Ireland today? How long will her former comrades, like Gerry Kelly continue to lend credibility to the British regime that randomly jailed her?
Lurgan Republican Martin Corey is also languishing in Maghaberry Prison without any charge against him. He has already spent 25 years of his life in British prisons but because he remains committed to his republican beliefs that it seems is enough to Gaol him once again. Today RNU also call for his immediate release!
The continued imprisonment of Veteran Republican, Gerry McGeough again demonstrates clearly that Irish citizens who dare disagree with the ‘new’ Stormont regime will be subjected to British injustice, intimidation, retaliatory arrest and imprisonment.
RNU call upon our supporters and everyone concerned with civil liberties to work together to win immediate release for these patriots. Remember these test cases of British repression are but the beginning. If the British succeed against them, others will be next.
In Maghaberry Prison Cogús POWs along with comrades from other republican groupings have been engaged in a “dirty-protest” against brutal and humiliating strip-searches and against controlled movement.
Thirty-one years after the tragic death of ten courageous Volunteers in the H-Blocks, Cogús POWs’ true to the legacy of 1981,are engaged in a fight to ensure that they are recognised as political prisoners, not criminals.
They are resolute in defence of their human rights. Republican prisoners have withstood H-Block style strip-search brutality still are determined to see the 2010 Agreement fully implemented.
Theirs is a fight made harder because the political party that once led the struggle against criminalization now appoints a British minister who tries to impose the same policies of Margaret Thatcher.
We in RNU salute the courage and determination of Republican political prisoners and their refusal to be broken.
We wish to acknowledge the strength, dignity and support shown by the prisoner’s families during this difficult time and to urge everyone to back all Republican prisoners until victory is secured.
Comrades in just four years’ time we will be commemorating the centenary of the 1916 rising.
Now more than ever it is the duty of Republican Socialists to chart a path to where we want to be in 2016 and beyond.
Major social, economic and political changes are needed to achieve the restoration of the Irish Republic. RNU believe that socialism, the unity of our country, its people and the Republican family are the only ways to secure justice and cherish all the children of the nation equally.
Gradually more and more people are coming to a better understanding of our analysis. Their voices are again demanding the reunification of Ireland and this demand grows stronger by the day.
As the Proclamation correctly states; ‘The long usurpation of the right of an Irish National Democracy by a foreign government has not extinguished that right, nor can it be extinguished except by the destruction of the Irish people itself.’
RNU reject the paritionist assemblies at Stormont and Leinster House. There can be no substitute for a sovereign Irish Parliament representative of all 32 Counties, with a coherent Socialist-Republican programme at its heart.
Our allegiance is to Irish sovereignty, unity and the working-class. We will never accept any form of British rule in Ireland. We will oppose it by any means necessary. We will continue to oppose Special Courts, Political Policing, Internment by remand or license and all the other trappings of occupation in any part of this country.
It is natural that some disillusioned Republicans feel bitterness because other former revolutionaries have endorsed Partition, and British Policing.
Many have stood back and watched in amazement at how eagerly, former comrades could administer British rule in Ireland. Today we often hear the words “change agenda” and see once respected Republicans transformed into ministers, providing political cover and acting as willing apologists for Britain.
Some of the disillusioned drifted away from Republicanism in disgust. We urge you all to come back! Join with us and again we will rebuild the proud republican position.
The suggestion by some in the Sinn Fein leadership that republicans suffered fought and died for no more than a revamped Stormont, the endorsement of a new British Constabulary and a continuation of partition are nothing short of shameful duplicity.
Today we urge Sinn Fein grassroots members to instead join with us to help reverse the failed strategies of their failing leadership.
RNU presents a clear alternative to a Partitioned Ireland. The British Government left us with an appalling legacy of economic stagnation, The Free State government with their greed and bribes have left the Irish working classes to pick up the bill for their mismanagement of the state.
Emigration, injustice, Capitalism, discrimination and sectarianism, the nightmare for working-class communities across Ireland remains. Partition is strengthened. MI5 controls Policing in the north and influences it in the south. Internment by license or remand persists in the north, with its section 30 partner law in the south.
Sectarianism is rife and figures show it is just as prevalent today as it has ever been.
The political ideology and objectives of the Republican Network for Unity were forged in 1916 and democratically endorsed by Dáil Éireann.
We envisage an equitable social and economic system that involves the distribution of the nation’s wealth amongst the Irish people and used for the betterment of her people.
The history of Ireland since Partition provides abundant examples of former Republicans who diluted Socialist-Republican principles to embrace the system in the mistaken belief that they could change it from within, yet it was they who instead were changed.
Comrades, there exists an urgency to educate our youth and instil in them an understanding of the sacrifices of countless generations of Irishmen & Irishwomen, who gave all in the pursuit of Irish freedom.
Outline the errors of the past and cultivate a commitment to fundamental Socialist-Republican principles. Remember the rights to freedom and national sovereignty past patriots proclaimed and work with us to make that freedom a reality for all of Ireland.
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(Martin McGuinness) I thank the Republicans of County Donegal for the opportunity to address you on this the 96th anniversary of the Easter Rising of 1916. It is a privilege to join with you as we recall the Proclamation of the Irish Republic and pay tribute to all those who have given their lives in the cause of Irish freedom. We make no distinction between the men and women of 1916 and the men and women of 1981. We honour equally the Republicans who fell in the years of struggle 1916 to 1923 and those who gave their lives in our own era since 1969.
To the families, friends and comrades of all those who died we extend our continuing sympathy and solidarity.
We are gathered at a poignant and historic place, the scene of a tragedy of the Irish Civil War. Charlie Daly, Seán Larkin, Daniel Enright and Tim O’Sullivan were put to death on this spot by Free State forces. They stood against the disastrous Partition of our country. James Connolly predicted that the Partition of Ireland would lead to a carnival of reaction. The four martyrs of Drumboe were among the victims of that carnival of reaction which saw thousands imprisoned and interned on both sides of the border, scores of prison executions and roadside killings of Republican prisoners and pogroms against the nationalist population in the Six Counties.
Charlie Daly, Sean Larkin, Daniel Enright and Tim O’Sullivan were executed because they remained firm in their allegiance to the All-Ireland Republic proclaimed in 1916. The Easter Rising is the defining event and the Proclamation of the Republic is the defining document in the history of Irish Republicanism. You have heard the Proclamation read here today. Our task is to apply its principles to the Ireland of 2012 and to build a new Republic on this island.
There are key turning points that change the course of every nation’s history. In Ireland, the 1916 rising was such an event as was the hunger strike of 1981. The Good Friday, St. Andrews and Hillsborough Agreements, and the IRA statement that the war is over were other such landmarks on a road that I firmly believe will lead to Irish reunification.
The historic engagement we are now involved in with unionism within the political institutions provides a solid basis upon which to move forward to a new future for politics on this island.
Sinn Féin is different from other political parties and is proud of that fact and determined to remain so. For us politics is not just about winning seats or achieving ministerial posts. Sinn Féin is a party born in struggle with our membership and elected representatives coming from the communities most under the strain of political and economic exclusion North and South. We must always understand and reflect the needs of people struggling to survive in their daily lives. That understanding and connection with our community is the bedrock of our struggle.
Here in County Donegal, the people have spoken, the election of Pearse Doherty and Padraig MacLochlainn just over a year ago have placed our party in the leadership of this proud Republican County, The Elections saw spectacular growth for Sinn Féin and with further gains for our Party in the Assembly elections shows that as the only all-Ireland party with substantial electoral support we have now, in a decisive step in the last year moved into the mainstream of Irish political life throughout all 32 counties,
We gather here at a time of great challenge in Ireland. Hundreds of thousands of people are struggling to survive. Tens of thousands of our most talented young people are leaving our shores. It is unacceptable and the direct result of the actions of corrupt political and business elites whose actions have been laid bare by the Mahon and Moriarty Tribunals.
Partition created two conservative states on our island. They served the needs of the political elites north and south instead of the needs of ordinary citizens across the island. That is why the southern establishment was happy to pay lip service to a united Ireland and why some continue to do so.
Republicans have a different vision. We believe there is a better way. A re-united Ireland and a New Republic built in the interests of citizens is the future.
There is massive potential for Republicans in the time ahead. The Good Friday Agreement has levelled the political playing field. Unionism no longer has a veto over Irish unity.
The Government of Ireland Act by which Britain claimed a part of Ireland has been repealed. While Orangeism may remain, the spectre of the Orange state has gone, and it will never return.
We are in an entirely new situation legislatively and constitutionally. Under the terms of the Good Friday Agreement the British Government has agreed to legislate to end its jurisdiction over the North of Ireland if a majority of people in the North want it.
In that context, republicans have a responsibility to reach out to unionists and to others to engage with them about the nature and form of the future structures on this island. The development of an all-island economy is clearly in the interests of everyone in Ireland. The construction of the new Radiotherapy unit in the North-West will be of huge benefit to the people of Donegal, Tyrone and Derry. We stood by this commitment and we delivered it. We also stood firm and are delivering on the new first class roads from the North-West to Dublin and Belfast with construction to begin in a few months time. These are but two of the many initiatives which bring mutual benefits North and South that can improve the lives of our people no matter what their political or religious affiliation
We seek a united Ireland in which the unionist section of our people feel comfortable and play a full part in the life of the nation. I believe that it is possible for unionists and republicans to stand together without dilution of our beliefs. As was stated to me very clearly by a unionist Leader, ‘Martin we can rule ourselves. We don’t need direct rulers coming over from London telling us what to do’. That statement provided common ground on which we can all stand. We must be open to practical ways of giving expression to the unionist sense of Britishness within a united Ireland.
In the discussions leading to re-unification we will be imaginative in terms of passport rights, symbols and other issues of identity crucial to building a fully inclusive united Ireland respecting the traditions of all our people in all their diversity.
Unionist participation in large numbers at our Uniting Ireland conferences is most encouraging and proves that a large section of unionist opinion is willing to contribute to the debate on the new politics which the Good Friday Agreement has brought. We also must listen to what unionists say. We must truly act as nation builders, and peacemakers. That means always stretching ourselves and always taking risks to advance the task of building a new Ireland.
All Republicans have an obligation to participate in this task. This means, first of all, firmly rejecting sectarianism, bigotry and violence in all its forms – no matter what its source and no matter what its target.
Secondly it means engaging in positive and active dialogue with unionists and demonstrating to them, not just by our words but by our deeds, that equality means equality for all – not just for nationalists and republicans but for all those who share this island.
Ireland as a nation can only truly prosper if we are at peace with ourselves as a people. It means overcoming the historic fracture between Catholic, Protestant and Dissenter. In the Ireland of 2012 it means building a pluralist, ethnically and culturally diverse society that embraces all citizens.
I want to deepen and expand my role to lead the process of national reconciliation in Ireland – a process that I believe is already underway. There is now a greater tolerance of difference and diversity which is borne out of better understanding of each other.
I am very confident in my Irishness. I am also very aware of my responsibilities as the deputy First Minister and very conscious that I am elected as deputy First Minister for all people – I take that responsibility seriously particularly to the unionist community.
I am also very conscious of my responsibility as a Republican leader –to defend and promote the integrity of our struggle.
Let the message go out very clearly from Drumboe today – Sinn Féin will not be deflected from the historic work we are engaged in. We are the Nation builders. We are not motivated by self interest or personal gain. We have set ourselves high standards and even bigger goals – but we are determined and we are united. We are the engine driving historic political, social and constitutional change on this island.
I urge each and every one of you to be part of that movement for real change in our country, for social and economic and cultural freedom, for a real Republic embracing all 32 Counties and all of our people.
Many of you are supporters of Sinn Féin who assist in elections and fundraising and who attend commemorations and other events such as these. I ask you, if you have not already done so, to take the next step and to join Sinn Féin.
Play your part, have your say, empower yourself and your community. Encourage your friends and family to join Sinn Féin. We need a mighty movement across this land to reach our goal of freedom and unity.
We are on the road to freedom. If we go forward together, firmly united and in greater numbers, we will complete our historic task — a united Ireland and a New Republic.
An Phoblacht Abú!
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Easter Statement from the Leadership of the Republican Movement
ON the occasion of the 96th anniversary of the momentous Easter Rising of 1916 the Leadership of the Republican Movement sends greetings to Irish exiles throughout the world and to all Irish Republican prisoners.In particular we salute the prisoners in Maghaberry Prison, Co Antrim who have been on protest for political status for two years this Easter. The British, and the Stormont regime which includes our former comrades who have accepted and now administer British rule in the Six Occupied Counties, entered into an agreement with the prisoners in August 2010 to end strip-searching.
They reneged on that arrangement. They never implemented the alternative of the BOSS chair and so the no-wash strike continues. Even the secretary of the prison warders’ union has stated publicly that the protest should be settled.Meanwhile there is a publicity black-out on the plight of the prisoners while their comrades outside do their utmost to support them. The political status won at such great cost by the heroic hunger strikers was signed away as just another of the many surrenders to English rule in Ireland by the Provo leadership.
The state visit by the British monarch to the 26 Counties in the past year – the first such in 100 years – was intended to normalise British rule in Ireland and put the seal on the current sell-out of the Six Counties to England. Republican Sinn Féin’s protests on that occasion delivered a clear message.Empty streets in Dublin and carefully-selected audiences elsewhere showed the performance to be a failure. Yet the Establishment persists in calling it a “success”. But the reality was on the ground – and at a cost of €38 million for security.
Then in February the GAA sold out its independence and the ideals of its founders when it accepted a massive amount of English money — £61 million in sterling or €77 million euro – to develop Casement Park in Belfast. Roger Casement got the English hangman’s rope but those who use his name allow themselves to be exploited by Stormont just as others contribute to the city of Derry – historic Doire Cholm Cille – being the British “City of Culture” in 2013. Those who pay the piper undoubtedly call the tune!
As the centenary of the fateful Easter Rising of 1916 approaches the intentions of the Leinster House establishment become clearer to all. They want to combine commemorations of 1916 with those for members of the British forces involved in the imperialist World War I.
Republicans must clarify the issue for the Irish people. We salute the memory of those who died for Irish freedom. Others can pay homage otherwise to their dead, many of whom were forces for economic reasons to take part in the 1914-18 “war to end all wars”.
A further step has been taken to integrate the 26-County state forces into the British war machine with the announcement that RUC soldiers are now suitable to join the ranks of the 26-County police even up to top level. These new arrangements will bring the British forces back south of the Border 90 years after they were driven out by the men and women we honour today.
At the same time a combination of the International Monetary Fund, the EU Commission and the European Central Bank is dictating the pace for many years to come in eroding the limited sovereignty of the 26-County state. Undue hardship is being wantonly inflicted on ordinary people while the well-off continue to thrive.
The good name of the Republican Movement, valid since 1986, is under attack again. Criminality masquerades as Republicanism and confuses the Irish people. The name of Republican Sinn Féin and of the Continuity IRA have even been stolen by a minuscule local grouping in its reckless attempt to bewilder further those who stand for the full freedom of Ireland.
The people who rejected constitutionalism and reformism and stood staunchly by the revolutionary road when it was deserted and betrayed in 1986, have upheld the banner of Irish Republicanism down the years. They merit the support of Republican-minded people even as the no-wash protest continues in Maghaberry Jail.
Martin Corey of Lurgan, Co Armagh, who spent 19-and-a-half years in a British jail in the 1970s and 1980s, was returned to prison two years ago. He is now spending his third Easter in jail on no charge whatever. It is nothing short of internment again. Republicans and their followers who support Martin and the prisoners on protest have been brought before British courts in the Six Occupied Counties for holding peaceful demonstrations on the streets.
Let us, in our turn, stand by the same Cause, the Cause we uphold today, the Cause of Pearse, Connolly and the men and women of Easter 1916!
An Phoblacht Abú. Long Live the All-Ireland Republic.
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On the 96th anniversary of the Easter Rising, the Irish Republican Socialist Committees of North America send solidarity greetings to our comrades and fellow members of the Irish Republican Socialist Movement in the Irish Republican Socialist Party, Irish National Liberation Army, Republican Socialist Youth Movement, and Teach na Failte, along with all republican socialist prisoners of war presently in Irish and British prisons.
On this day above all, we proudly remember all those who gave their lives for an Irish Workers’ Republic. Just as we salute the example of James Connolly and his brave comrades in the Irish Citizen Army who fought for national and class liberation in 1916, we also remember those comrades in the IRSP and INLA who died so that the working class party of Connolly and Seamus Costello could continue to exist and continue the struggle for socialism. The political independence of the working class is essential in the struggle to build socialism.
It is therefore fitting that we also take the occasion of Easter 2012 to reaffirm our unwavering support for the leadership and program of the IRSP. Our commitment to the struggle for national and working class liberation in Ireland, and working class liberation worldwide, is unbroken.
We are proud to be the North American section of the IRSM, building solidarity as well as giving practical aid and support to the best of our ability. We stand firm in the Republican Socialist tradition begun by Connolly and continued today by the IRSP, a party whose political analysis and leadership has never been as sorely needed as now. The IRSP is the only organization within Irish anti-imperialism that can both understand the line of march and lead by example.
Recent events have tragically confirmed Connolly’s analyses. The new fiscal treaty which has been prepared for Ireland will further severely limit the nation’s sovereignty. It will ensure that the downward spiral in living standards continues without relent. In the occupied six counties, the bosses assault on working people has gone so far that the unemployed will now be denied their own homes and forced to live in overcrowded accommodations. Those bourgeois “republicans” who hijacked the anti-imperialist struggle insisted that socialism had to wait. Reality has demonstrated again and again that the struggle for independence cannot be divorced from the class struggle without disastrous results.
Our struggle is not over. And our comrades who fought, struggled, starved, and died for a free Ireland would accept nothing less than a united and socialist Irish Republic in which the means of production, exchange, and distribution are under the control of the working class and its allies; a society that puts conscious human will in the driver’s seat, above the irrational chaos of the markets; and a nation that cherishes all the children of the nation equally.
In the immortal words of James Connolly, “Our demands most modest are, we only want the earth.”