The violence that erupted within the confines of of Maghaberry Prison this week was the accumulation of ongoing tensions directed at political prisoners by Prison Authorities who are continuing to implement a punishing regime within the confines of Roe House, which houses around fifty Republican Political Prisoners.
Since the end of January the
Republican wing was put on lock down, 23 hour lock up, controlled
movement and regular brutal forced strip searching despite an agreement
brokered in the summer of 2010 to address these issues.
the height of the violence, white-line pickets and protests occurred in
both Belfast and Derry, as well as outside Maghaberry Gaol itself in an
effort to highlight the abuse of human rights within Roe House. Reports
coming directly from Maghaberry have been reminiscent of the horrors
inflicted on Political prisoners in the H Blocks and Crumlin Road Gaol
during the 1970’s and 1980’s. Prisoner representatives and their
families have stated that several prisoners within Maghaberry’s Roe
House have been attacked and beaten with one prisoner requiring hospital
treatment after sustaining a broken arm. Legal challenges have also
taken place as solicitors for those prisoners assaulted have been denied
access to their clients who were initially refused immediate medical
treatment as a result.
anarchists we make no apology for supporting political prisoners and
opposing human rights abuses by the state as this has to be the concern of us all. We call on everyone concerned or campaigning on behalf of human rights and social justice
issues to make their voices heard in an effort to prevent this situation from continuing to happen.
We must stand against all forms of torture and
abuse against political prisoners, no matter what our political
differences. It is vital that the Trade Union movement also make their
voices heard in relation to these human rights violations and the
unwritten policy of internment without trail which continues to this
Solidarity and direct action on the streets is our greatest weapons!