Statement from Republican Prisoners Maghaberry 30/01/15
Republican Political Prisoners recently released a statement regarding plans made by the Jail Administration to further entrench conflict through regressive structural changes to our landings. These changes have been made and have as predicted further reduced our already limited space and further impeded our movement within our wing.
Corridors and doorways leading from our landings into areas such as the canteen and yard have been replaced with obstacle courses of multiple turnstiles and steel doors. Furthermore, steel birdcages have been erected to cage us like animals in certain areas of the landing. Following protestations from RPPs the Jail Administration responded belligerently by covering the bird cages with darkened Perspex and sheets of wood. This set up would be hard to imagine for those who have not experienced Roe House. The purpose of these developments however is clear; to debase and disempower Republican Political Prisoners.
Governors on Roe House were challenged regarding these latest repressive measures. Governor Malcolm Swarbrick responded to these challenges by directing jail staff to continuously use an alarm system which effectively closes down the wing as occurred on 3 occasions on 29-01-15. Other Governors present were Alan Longwell, Colin Ward, Thomas Ferguson, David Savage and the notorious Security Governor Brian Armour. The irony is not lost on RPPs when it was Armour’s cousin Brian (the red rat) Armour who directed terrible beatings and acts of degradation against Blanket Men in the H Blocks and who was executed by the IRA for such acts.
These structures like other measures before them will fail to deter RPPs from pursuing our objectives. Those overseeing and implementing these policies would do well to use history as their guide to see where their actions will lead. Republican Political Prisoners and our supporters are determined and confident that we will overcome all obstacles and achieve all our aims regardless of the time or consequences.
Republican Political Prisoners