Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Special Branch Harassment Continues

On Saturday the 12th of December eight 32CSM members from the Dublin cumann attended an anti drugs rally on O’Connell Street. The rally was organised in conjunction with COCAD and was intended to raise awareness around the issue of drug abuse ravaging working class communities. After the protest, as the 32CSM members were preparing to leave, they were approached by two detectives who began to harass some of the members present with insinuations and aggressive posturing.

One of the branch members illegally refused to identify himself as required under law and the 32CSM members began to walk away. The detective then physically accosted a sovereignty movement member and called for backup. The sovereignty movement members began to tell passers by what the branch men were doing only to be told by the detectives to stop. Refusing to do so the sovereignty movement activists were allowed to walk away but were followed again with more harassment including all eight members being searched. Having failed in their clear objective of provoking a physical confrontation the branch men resorted to childish threats.

The 32CSM wishes to highlight the ongoing harassment of its members by both the Gardai and the Special Branch. Routine and petty harassment is clearly designed to both deter people from joining and to make members lives more difficult. In the face of this regular and provocative behaviour the sovereignty movement in Dublin has refused to allow itself to be denigrated and continues its work unhindered by Free State oppression.

Beir Bua

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Shell To Sea Activist Imprisoned

32 County Sovereignty Movement: Free Maura Harrington

On a day when the government chose to impose savage cuts on the least well off to compensate for the reckless behaviour of bankers and developers they also chose to imprison an Irish Citzen endeavouring to protect our natural resources as the property of all the Irish people. Judge John Haughton sentenced Maura Harrington to nine months imprisonment and the severity of the sentence seems to be meant as a deterrent against further similar activities by Ms Harrington and others. Not content to allow bankers squander billions alone they also allowed a corrupt and convicted Cabinet Minister negotiate a deal with the Shell Corporation to siphon billions of our natural resources into private hands. The concept of the people being the nation no longer holds true for them.

The harassment of activists by Shell and their local lackeys is not a pattern unique to Ireland and the atrocities committed by Shell against the native people in the Ogoni in Nigeria which culminated in the Shell sponsored state executions of the Ogoni Nine shows the lengths to which they will go for profit. The 32CSM supports the people of Mayo in their struggle against Shell and the brutality of the Gardai in dealing with protestors. We call for the immediate release of Ms Harrington and any imprisoned Shell to Sea activists and for an immediate cessation to Shell construction projects in Ireland. To Maura Harrington and her comrades we trust the spirit of Ken Sara Wiwa will continue to sustain you.