Friday July 6th:
Members of the Anti-Colonialist Working Group crashed the British Consulate in Toronto demanding justice for the victims of loyalist mob violence on Black Mountain during the recent Queen’s visit to Belfast.
Today members of the Anti-Colonialist Working Group from both Kitchener and Toronto unfurled a 5 yard long blood-red banner inside the British Consulate. It read “BRITISH DEATH SQUADS OUT OF IRELAND” in bold letters. We demanded to speak with someone to read our statement and ensure that a copy be forwarded to the unelected British Secretary of State of Northern Ireland, Owen Patterson.
We were greeted by the Acting Consul General whose voice was full of fake concern; good old fashioned British politeness which is so sickly-sweet and irritatingly dismissive. He said, “if you had booked an appointment and I knew you were coming, I would have worn my suit.” … which basically means he would have made arrangements to have more cops.
After reading our statement and bringing up our concern about the Police Services of Northern Ireland (PSNI) provoking and facilitating this attack, making it clear that they are no different than the Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC). Afterwards we engaged in the nauseating exchange of bullshit pleasantries and took to the streets to picket. We handed out 300 flyers and received enthusiastic responses from passers-by: Irish immigrants, concerned families, and members of the working class.
We salute the brave people of Belfast who are holding steadfast with their ideologies in the face of mass political repression. We demand the end to the British occupation of the six counties and freedom for all Irish political prisoners and Prisoners of War.