STATEMENT FROM OC CIRA POWS IN MAGHABERRY.
We the Republican POWs call on all nationalist, Republican people of
Ireland and abroad to support us in our upcoming protest for better
conditions and the restoration of political status. In 2003 we embarked on
a protest for segregation, this battle was won and segregation was
introduced in September of that year. At that time the Brits asked for a
period of transition and conditions would then improve. These terms were
accepted reluctantly by Republicans.
However as in 1980 when our comrades in the H-Blocks of Long Kesh ended
their first hunger-strike, we have found that the Brits are still
incapable of honouring their promises. As a result we again find ourselves
in the unfortunate position of having to embark on a prolonged protest.
This has come about as a direct result of the intransigence of the Brits
in seeking a policy of criminalisation. We hereby state that we as
Republican POWs will no longer co-operate with nor accept the policies and
regime imposed on us by Brit puppets.
We have outlined our five demands. The protest which we now embark upon
will not end until our demands are met. We will take whatever steps are
necessary in order to improve the conditions not alone for ourselves, but
also for those who may come behind us. I would therefore like to call on
all Republican bodies, all politicians to back us in our plight. We have
exhausted all avenues open to us. We gave the Brits the transition period
required by them and still they refuse to accept that we are not
criminals. We would ask everyone to support us by supporting our
representatives on white-line pickets and leaflet hand-outs taking to the
streets and demand that the Brits and their prison service sort this out
once and for all.
Go raibh maith agaibh
OC, CIRA POWs
Maghaberry Concentration Camp