Republican Prisoners Assaulted in Maghaberry Prison (Troops Out Movement)
The Clan Na Gael Journal 26/04/14

Republican POWs assaulted in Maghaberry jail by riot squad

The following statement was received from the CIRA POWs in Maghaberry Jail:

“A number of Republican POWs in Maghaberry Jail in Co Antrim were assaulted last night (Thursday, April 24) by the prison riot squad.

“Up to 100 members of the notorious search team with dogs stormed the canteen and yard areas ordering Republican POWs to lock up. The squad subsequently forcibly removed the POWs to their cells, assaulting them along the way, resulting in a number of them receiving injuries.

“The POWs have been engaged in a peaceful protest against controlled movement, forced strip searching and the refusal of the prison administration to move Gavin Coyle over to the Republican wing in Roe House.

“The OC of the CIRA POWs met with the wing PO this morning (Friday April 25) who told him if the POWs were not in their cells by 7.30pm every night they would be met with the same action from the prison riot squad”.

Republican Sinn Féin condemns this brutal assault on defenceless POWs. The ongoing protest for the restoration of political status will continue despite the best efforts of the prison warders and administration to bully the POWs into accepting criminal status.


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