Anti-Internment March 2015
The Irish Republican Prisoners Welfare Association fully endorses the decision taken by the Anti-Internment League to proceed with the march from Ardoyne Avenue to Dunville Park as planned.
The decision by the British appointed Parades Commission to impose a time restriction on the march, which forces a clash with the Ballymurphy Massacre parade, can only be viewed as a deliberate attempt to divide Republican opposition to British sponsored atrocities and torture in Ireland both past and present.
The IRPWA call on all our activists, supporters and the broad Republican family to reject these British tactics by ensuring that Britain’s continuing torture of Republican Prisoners is highlighted on 9th August. Assemble Ardoyne Avenue at 2pm on Sunday 9th August.
The following is the latest statement from the Anti-Internment League:
Following an Anti Internment League meeting today to discuss yesterday’s Parades Commission determination, and consultation with the wider Republican base, it has been decided that our National March Against Internment will go ahead at the already publicised time. We will assemble in Ardoyne Avenue at 2pm, departing at 2.30pm from Ardoyne Avenue to Dunville Park via the City Centre.
This is the only political parade in the course of the entire year that passes through Belfast City Centre that contains the vibrant, energetic and genuine radical Republican ethos of opposition to State torture and repression. The attempt by a British Secretary of State appointed quango to attempt to restrict our message of opposition, by placing unrealistic time constraints and limiting public exposure to our message, is futile and panders to those who wish to support continued injustices by Britain that are facilitated by the Stormont Executive.
While the Parades Commission, and by extension the State, are willing to accomodate numerous Loyalist and British Army parades on the busier trading day of Saturday, they seek to restrict Republicans who have already shown flexibility by holding their only annual parade on a Sunday.
The Anti Internment League ask all republicans, nationalists and human rights advocates to join with us in opposing Internment by remand, by revocation of licence and through miscarriage of justice by assembling at Ardoyne Avenue at 2pm on Sunday 9th August. The days of “croppy lie down” are over, let the State militia of the PSNI and British Army try to stop us.