IRPWA Activists Continue To Highlight Prison Issues
Following on from our Easter events, the month of April has seen the continuing activism of the IRPWA. Street theatre, whiteline pickets, and information stalls have taken place in order to highlight the ongoing abuse of Republican Political Prisoners. Activists were also involved in protests to highlight the recent internment of IRPWA activist Dee Fennell. The IRPWA continued to distribute the prisoner’s magazine, Scairt Amach and raised much needed funds for the welfare of prisoners and their families through sales of prisoner crafts and several functions. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all those at home and abroad who contributed. The following are just some of those events which took place:
Carrying on with the Campaign to highlight the Prison Struggle in Maghaberry Gaol within Republican Communities, IRPWA Belfast held an information stall and whiteline picket on Saturday 18th April at 2pm at the top of the New Lodge Road. The IRPWA Street theatre team attended and enacted a scene of theatrical performance of Controlled Movement.
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IRPWA activists organised a well attended protest outside Antrim road barracks to show their support and solidarity for Dee Fennell following his recent arrest and detention. The IRPWA wish to thank everyone who came at such short notice and we also offer a special thanks to all who travelled to Belfast for the protest.
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IRPWA activists attended Craigavon court in solidarity with their comrade Dee Fennell. Dee was interned by remand to Maghaberry gaol following a brief court appearance. Those gathered greeted Dee with warm applause and cheers. The IRPWA will continue to show support to Dee and his family in the times that lie ahead.
British Embassy, Dublin
Dublin IRPWA participated in the release Dee Fennell protest at the British Embassy in Dublin. There was a great show of solidarity among various Republican groupings while relatives of Dee were also in attendance.
Free Derry Corner, Derry
Derry IRPWA organised a whiteline picket which took place at Free Derry corner, at 1.00 pm on Saturday 25th April, to highlight the ongoing abuse and torture of Republican prisoners in Maghaberry and also in support of their comrades in Hydebank and Portlaoise.