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Issue #1582      February 20, 2013

Call for release of political prisoners in Ireland

On Sunday February, 10, the James Connolly Association, Melbourne held a very successful rally outside the State Library against the British policy of internment, that is the detention without trial that is being practiced in the north of Ireland.

The gathering also called for the immediate release of Irish Political Prisoners Marian Price and Martin Corey. These two republicans are being held in prison by the orders of the Secretary of State for North Ireland, Owen Patterson, overriding the decisions of courts and judge’s to grant bail.

So, people can be arrested, held in isolation, without due cause, without evidence, without charges and without trial or release dates at the whim of this Secretary of State. This is blatantly unfair persecution of dissidents and will not help further the cause of peace and justice in Ireland.

In fact such discriminatory actions are sure to inflame an already intolerable situation where Irish nationalist feel very little has changed for the better since the signing of the Good Friday Agreements between Sinn Fein and the British government. The protest was part of an ongoing campaign to free the Irish Republican Political Prisoners and to support them and their families.

Steven Katsineris, for the James Connolly Association, Melbourne.

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