The arrest and detention without bail of prominent Eirigi member Stephen Murney in Newry on bogus terror charges last week is part of a continuous campaign waged by the status-quo and its armed wing against growing dissent in Northern Ireland.
local spokesperson of the party has been particular active in
highlighting and campaigning against PSNI harassment was charged under
Section 58 of the Terrorism Act 2000, to collect or possess information
of a kind likely to be of use to a person committing or preparing an act
In a statement released on the group’s website, Eirigi have pointed out the ridiculous nature of the charges.
of the charges against him directly relate to these activities – the
same type of activities which the British government promotes and
encourages dissenting communities in certain other states to engage in.
third charge also is directly related to Stephen’s work as a party
member. His solicitor has been informed that among the items which the
PSNI claim may be “likely to be of use to terrorists” are éirígí
posters, leaflets and literature of which many thousands of copies have
been distributed throughout communities across the north, along with
stencils which party members make use of.”
Cionnaith then stated, “These spurious charges that have been laid
against Stephen Murney are charges which could be pressed against any
political activist, any human rights activist, or any photo-journalist,
in the Six Counties.
charges are a blatant but crude attempt at political censorship and the
open suppression of legitimately-held political opinions. In that
regard they are akin to the type of charges brought by RUC against
political activists and others under the old Special Powers Act between
1922 and 1972.
items which the PSNI are using to justify these charges include
uniforms belonging to a band of which Stephen was a member quite a
number of years ago and an item belonging to his son.”
fact that the PSNI in court have also justified his arrest on the basis
of alleged pictures of police officers on his Facebook page which were
taken during a political demonstration is evident of sinister motive to
send a message to anyone who exposes police harassment and human rights
abuses in the North.
we have our clear differences with Irish republicanism and Eirigi, the
WSM is aware that this latest arrest is an attack on everyone fighting
for social change. We recognise that the police’s first line of duty
will always been to defend the status-quo and the interests of the
As the party’s
general secretary, Breandán Mac Cionnaith stated , “These spurious
charges that have been laid against Stephen Murney are charges which
could be pressed against any political activist, any human rights
activist, or any photo-journalist, in the Six Counties.
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