The 32 County Sovereignty Movement in Dublin condemns the arrest of two of our members at the recent protest against the British war criminal Tony Blair. Our members attended the event to highlight the fact that Ireland remains a partitioned country and that the continued denial of Irish Sovereignty remains the cause of the conflict in the occupied six counties. The 32 County Sovereignty Movement also highlighted Blair's involvement in wars of aggression in both Iraq and Afghanistan and how the warmongering polices of Blair and Bush have directly led to the deaths of hundreds of thousands in both countries.
Despite the bad weather hundreds turned out to protest Blair's presence in Dublin city centre and from the outset it was republicans who were under the scrutiny of the Free States police force. Both plain clothes and uniformed gardai were busy photographing and pointing out members of the 32 County Sovereignty Movement. Not ones for backing down in the face of Free State bullies our members made a concerted effort to push through Garda lines and gain entry to the Eason’s bookstore, in the process pelting Blair’s convoy with eggs etc. Our efforts were met by Garda aggression and in the following scuffle two of our members were arrested and a number of others assaulted.
Republicans are well aware of the heavy gang tactics of the Free State Gardai and refuse to be intimidated by their use of violence; a Garda van containing our comrades was blocked from leaving the area and only the intervention of scores of Gardai and the transfer of our comrades to another vehicle allowed them to proceed. As Blair's convoy was leaving the O'Connell Street area members of the 32 County Sovereignty Movement led part of the crowd to the front door of Eason’s were again we were met with Free State aggression and again our members must be commended for not backing down and forcing the closure of the Eason’s store.
Tony Blair was instrumental in the latest attempt to defeat the Republican Struggle under the facade of the "peace process" and the Good Friday Agreement. The 32 County Sovereignty Movement has again been at the forefront of exposing the myth that the GFA has addressed the cause of the conflict in Ireland. Our actions in Dublin send a powerful message to the British government and there agents in Ireland that we will not be found wanting in confronting them at every opportunity, and that the republican struggle is alive and well.
Tiocfaidh Ar La
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
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