Sinn Féin/SDLP can not be seen to side with Republican Prisoners
Both parties were in fact keen to verbally attack Republicans and Republican Prisoners at the beginning of last month and they also stood by whilst the Director General of the Prison Service and politicians made claims that they knew to be false. Both parties were keen to portray themselves as progressive and upstanding yet their concerns have not extended to the conditions of Republican Prisoners.
In the last month alone Republican Prisoners were subject to an almost 48 hour lock down, during which two men were removed from their cells and forcibly strip searched whilst our living space was turned upside down and our meager educational resources were removed. Two men attending outside hospital appointments were forcibly strip searched upon leaving and returning to the jail despite being handcuffed to a jailer throughout. Indeed, both were forced to undergo private consultations in the company of three jailers with these handcuffs on. Sleep disruption, restrictions of the landings and attempts to prevent Republican Prisoners from recording and disseminating information via the removal of computers are among other repressive measures occurring over the past month alone.
Through all this, there has not been a single utterance from the SDLP or Sinn Féin. It is abundantly clear that both parties are no less than pro-brit quislings and Redmondites undeserving of the support of Republicans and the Nationalist community.