Statement from Roe 4 Republican Prisoners Maghaberry 20/08/15
Republican Political Prisoners, Roe 4, wish to highlight the recent regressive and provocative actions of the Jail Administration; further tightening controlled movement and restricting our already limited space. A small hatch which Republican Political Prisoners were using as a means of receiving food and for ventilation has been closed, further confining us to a tiny space. The closure of the Roe 4 kitchen hatch has resulted in a situation where Roe 4 Republican Prisoners have not received meals since 3.30 pm on Wednesday 19th August. This can only been seen as a clear effort to provoke an escalation of conflict in Republican Roe House.
This decision was preceded by a visit to the landing of the new Number One Governor, Phill Wragg, former Belmarsh Security Governor. He was accompanied by notorious Governor, Malcolm Swarbrick, who has consistently engaged in provocative actions and attacks on Republican Prisoners. We do not believe this to be a coincidence.
This is a clear affront to the ICRC and their efforts to find a resolution to the remaining core issues of Controlled Movement, Forced Strip Searching and Isolation of Republican Prisoners. This signals clearly that the Jail Administration has no intention to make progress in regards to the treatment of Republican Political Prisoners.
Republican Political Prisoners