Archive | July, 2014

Overview of 32CSM tour

31 Jul

Despite attempts of the state to silence the message of the 32CSM, the tour across this territory was still as success. Through the use of phone, skype and speeches, the message of Irish sovereignty and solidarity reached many receptive ears. From participation in events with our southern comrades and dignitary’s to frank and open discussions with youth in Kitchener and Toronto the issues of occupation, internment by remand and nations right to determine their own destiny were examined.

The reaction of people to the imposition of U$ law on this territory also provoked a spirit of outrage and condemnation from many individuals and collectives. The fact that the U$ terrorist list was used to stop the 32CSM members from entering the country has led to protest letters and condemnations from many sectors including the Hamilton Steelworkers local 1005, whose protest letter was read at the Kitchener event, and this issue will be tackled in the months to come.

The tour not only strengthened friendship and understanding but gave people a practical understanding of the message of the 32CSM and why the brits are so keen to silence it. Over the course of the next few months we plan to build on this and strengthen our support for a free and just 32 County Ireland

Resist attacks on our right to be political, message I will read at tonights 32CSM speaking tour event

28 Jul

Comrades and friends
As you all know last Wednesday, our comrades from Ireland were illegally detained and turned back at the airport due to the fact that the 32CSM is a proscribed organization in the United States. This decision was taken at a higher level for the purpose of silencing them and there message about the reality of Ireland.Despite the fact that the 32CSM is not proscribed here, US law was used and imposed on this territory to silence people and censor the political discourse. Here in so called Canada this decision has serious ramification not just for the Irish solidarity movement but for all people who call themselves political. The imposition of American law on this territory is a dangerous precedent that no only undermines so called Canadian Sovereignty, which at this point is a joke, but sets the ground work to criminalize many from those engaged in Cuban solidarity work to any who take a stand against US annexationist policy around the globe.

Since this decision has been made there have been quite a few smaller attacks on the movement and attempts by the powers that be to intimidate and sow fear among those who have supported this speaking tour in one way or another. These attacks aim to silence all who are taking a political stand on this issue and through nefarious means end the discourse.

What is the logical outcome of these two points mentioned above? What will happened if we stay silent and not challenge this? Through attacks on our right to conscious and the imposition of US law the powers that be will create a climate where we must further bow to the dictate of the US and through fear and intimidation silence all political discourse that does not appease the status quo. THIS CANNOT BE ALLOWED TO HAPPENED. Today we are here to have the meeting that they have tried to stop because we affirm our right to be political and reject the imposition of US law around the globe. We affirm our right discuss issues and not be silenced by fear and intimidation. We stand with our Irish comrades and refuse to be intimidated or silenced. Together let us challenge these attacks and as political people let us continue with our work based on the right to be political!!!!!

Francis Makey of the 32CSMs full speech for July 26th Celebration

27 Jul

On behalf of the 32 County Sovereignty Movement I would like to thank those who have invited us to address you here today. I wish to send revolutionary greetings to the people of Cuba and South Africa and through them greetings to all oppressed peoples struggling for freedom and human dignity.

I particularly want to send solidarity greetings to the people of Gaza whose criminal blockade and military persecution by the Israeli government continues unabated. We are with you.

Like Ireland, Cuba has lived in the shadow of an imperial power. That shadow has cast a nefarious influence on the well being of the Cuban people for decades. And like Ireland also South Africa has endured institutionalised discrimination as a means to attain and retain political power in the hands of a minority.

But just like Ireland, the Cuban and South African people have developed resilience to oppression and isolation and have given the world great leadership and hope to other peoples currently struggling against imperialism and discrimination.

Cuba is a beacon. Having overthrown the criminal dictator Batista through armed struggle between 1953 and 1959 the great socialist revolution could begin.

Putting the people first a wide range of progressive social reforms were put in place. Laws were introduced to provide equality of citizens and greater rights for women. Improvements in communications, medical facilities, health, housing, and education followed. By the end of the 1960s, all Cuban children were receiving some education (compared with less than half before 1959), unemployment and corruption were reduced, and great improvements were made in hygiene and sanitation.

A policy of agrarian reform saw the nationalisation of large ranches and plantations whilst similar nationalisation programmes saw business and properties owned by foreign interests and the church seized for the well being of the Cuban people.

The victory of the Cuban Revolution had world wide repercussions. The concept of a people determining their own future with a system of government based on socialist principles was so alarming to imperial powers that it set in train some of the most horrific foreign policy decisions to emanate from Washington.

Not content with blockading Cuba and funding criminal military attacks against the Cuban people, Washington has given its full support to tyrants throughout the region in a desperate bid to deny freedom and justice to these nations.

But the Cuban Revolution was an inspiration to other countries in Latin and South America and they in turn have inspired other peoples throughout the world.

Capitalism is a pariah in the world. It is the ideology of the despot and the dictator. The slaughter in Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Gaza and Syria are as a direct result of capitalist influences in banking and oil seeking to impose puppet regimes so as to control the natural resources of those countries.

In Europe social control is now maintained through enforced and crippling debt. Financial debt is the new poverty. In Ireland the massive debts of bankers and property speculators have been foistered onto the Irish people for generations to come.

In our struggle to end the violation of our national sovereignty by the British Parliament the 32 County Sovereignty Movement have argued that the ending of partition offers the only realistic catalyst to break the political hegemony that exists in Ireland currently.

Partition was Britain’s answer to protecting their interests by affording privilege to their planted loyalists in Ireland. But Partition was a disaster for all the people of Ireland and continues to be so.

The violation of Irish national sovereignty is the root cause of armed conflict in Ireland and must be resolved if a true peace is to prevail. This is why the current so called peace process is failing.

The Good Friday Agreement is a counter revolutionary treaty. It has cemented the partition of Ireland. It has institutionalised sectarianism in the occupied Six Counties and it has more firmly secured the influence of right wing economic and political forces in the Twenty Six Counties.

But it also represents a deeply flawed model that imperial powers would like to see implemented in other regions. The entry fee into the negotiations which led to this treaty was a prior recognition that the British government was the lawful sovereign authority in occupied Ireland. The resulting negotiations were thus based on not removing British interests in Ireland but administering them.

The then British Prime Minister Tony Blair, who along with US President George Bush, instigated the slaughter in Iraq on the deliberately falsified lie that that country possessed weapons of mass destruction. The death toll from that conflict has run into the scores of thousands, and rising, and that country is now engulfed in sectarian turmoil.

But inspite of that, and the appalling legacy it has left in its wake, the capitalist mindset has appointed Tony Blair as ‘Middle East Peace Envoy’ which would be similar to appointing a member of the Ku Klux Klan as a racial harmony ambassador.

And great caution is required when we make political assessments of what is happening in these countries and why. Revolution is not about replacing one dictator with another or one extreme religious faith with another.

The great Irish political thinker and revolutionary James Fintan Lalor observed in the mid-nineteenth century that the struggle between tenant farmer and landlord was a microcosm of the struggle between Ireland and the British Empire.

Revolution which does not benefit the common good of the people is an insidious assault on the sovereign integrity of the people. So when we look at the current conflicts in regions dominated by foreign interference and manipulation we need to take the templates of struggles like Cuba and Ireland so that objectivity and clarity can be brought to bear.

We must also be on our guard when it comes to the language right wing governments employ as a mask for their true intentions. The emotive and dubious phrase ‘The Peace Process’ allows the coloniser to present themselves as peacemakers with benign intentions where their true aim is to politically undermine local resistance to their presence and install puppet regimes to do their bidding.

For revolutionary socialists peace cannot be separated from justice nor justice from self-determination. The 32 County Sovereignty Movement sought a peaceful resolution to the Anglo-Irish conflict by petitioning the United Nations to recognise Ireland’s claim to national sovereignty and the right to self determination. The British response was to petition the US Government to have our organisation designated as a terrorist group which prevents us from travelling to the UN HQ in New York. British intentions were thus exposed.

The Anglo-Irish conflict has not been resolved and we are not terrorists for pointing this out.

South Africa

According to Margaret Thatcher both Nelson Mandela and Bobby Sands were terrorists. Speaking in 1987, six years after presiding over the deaths of Sands and nine of his fellow republican hunger strikers Thatcher opined:

‘The ANC is a typical terrorist organisation … Anyone who thinks it is going to run the government in South Africa is living in cloud-cuckoo land’.

In April, 1963, when the South African minister of justice, Belthazar Johannes Vorster was introducing some new apartheid laws (The Coercion Bill) he publicly stated that he:

“would be willing to exchange all the legislation of this sort for one clause of the Northern Ireland Special Powers Act”.

The great parallel between the struggle of the ANC and the struggle of Irish republicanism is the intense level of deliberate and strategic discrimination the oppressor employed to maintain their stranglehold on power.

But equally we observe the common bond between oppressors when we see them label the people of no property who rose against these injustices as ‘terrorists’. This is why it is essential that struggles of similar vein communicate in as many ways as possible to derive whatever mutual knowledge and insights we can glean to ensure our mutual success.

And for this gathering here today we are immeasurably thankful. We have travelled here to learn as much as we have come to teach and hopefully our experiences as Irish republicans and the Irish struggle can fulfil this role.

The struggle against apartheid has yielded an instrument designed to address the legacies of conflict particularly conflicts were discrimination was a deliberate policy. The South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission was established after the abolition of apartheid and the election of a democratically representative government of national unity.

According to Mr Dullah Omar, former Minister of Justice:

“… a commission is a necessary exercise to enable South Africans to come to terms with their past on a morally accepted basis and to advance the cause of reconciliation.”

At present there are confused and restrained calls in Ireland for the establishment of a similar body to address the legacy of the conflict there. But the immense difference between the two, and what is essential that I relate to you here today, is that the conflict in Ireland is not over, nor resolved, and that the establishment of such a body in such circumstances is merely a mechanism to continue the conflict by different means.

The cause of the Anglo-Irish conflict is the violation of national sovereignty by the British Parliament. The means by which that is maintained is through discrimination and it is a pointless exercise in treating the symptom but not the cause.

Apartheid had to end before reconciliation could commence just as the violation of Irish sovereignty must end before similar happens in Ireland. We need your clear support on this crucial reality. We need you to challenge the cosy narrative of those who sold short and would tell you the conflict is over.

The Good Friday Agreement is not a template for conflict resolution but rather a political deflection to temporarily paint over the rust of continued failures to bring the core cause of the conflict to the negotiations table. Would the conflict in South Africa be over if apartheid was deemed to be outside the remit of any negotiations process?

Currently there are incarcerated in British and Irish gaols scores of republican prisoners who’s very existence defies the logic that conflict is over. In the occupied Six Counties the British carry out a campaign of ‘Internment by Remand’ wherein Irish republicans are held in custody for a minimum of eighteen months before trial often on the most flimsiest of ‘evidence’.

Indeed many of these cases have collapsed when they go to trial, not as a testament to British justice, but as an abuse of justice to secure strategic and punitive imprisonment.

Whilst incarcerated these prisoners are subject to the violent degradation of strip searches, not as a security measure, but as an instrument to dehumanise and break their spirits. They will fail. Just as they failed to criminalise Bobby Sands and his many comrades.

At the height of the negotiations which led to the Good Friday Agreement the 32 County Sovereignty Movement petitioned the United Nations to have the violation of Irish sovereignty recognised as illegal under International Law and by default a cause of conflict.

The salient precondition for entry into negotiations with the British was the prior acceptance of the legitimacy of their sovereign claim over part of Ireland and the removal of all Irish claims to the contrary.

As a result of our peaceful tactic the British government petitioned the US government to have our organisation declared as a terrorist entity. This was duly granted and our ability to pursue our peaceful strategy was serious curtailed. We remain fully committed to it however.

The British government declared that it:

“…..had no selfish, strategic or economic reasons to remain in Ireland”

This was the great fallacy which was designed to ensnare the participants into the inevitable conclusion. Perfidious Albion once again.

True British intentions regarding Ireland were spelled out by British House of Commons leader Jack Straw when he declared:
“Historically, England called the shots to achieve a union because the union was seen as a way, among others things, of amplifying England’s power worldwide.
And the reverse would certainly be true. A broken-up United Kingdom would not be in the interests of Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland, but especially not England.
Our voting power in the European Union would diminish. We’d slip down in the world league GDP tables. Our case for staying in the G8 would diminish and there could easily be an assault on our permanent seat in the UN Security Council.”
These are the sentiments which are prolonging the conflict in Ireland. They represent the clarity of thought in any imperial power. They are the sentiments behind the so called West’s involvement in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and Libya.
They are the reasons behind the deafening silence on the continued bombardment of the Palestinian people in Gaza by those ardent supporters and financial backers of Israel.
The 32 County Sovereignty Movement will continue to be inspired by the struggle of the people of South Africa to overcome the obscenity that was apartheid and to deal robustly and justly with its legacy.
We call to mind the efforts of the late Dr Kader Asmal who headed the Irish Anti Apartheid Movement. We remember the Dunnes Stores Strikers who refused to handle South African produce and remained on strike for two and a half years in solidarity with oppressed.
We draw great inspiration from these people as we now urge your inspiration and support for the struggle for Irish sovereignty and freedom.

Beir Bua

Irish Republican Speaking event with Martin Rafferty a Success

27 Jul

On Friday July 25th Martin Rafferty spoke Via Phone at a event at University of Toronto via Phone. Despite the political censorship of the KKKanadian state which chose to deport him and two members of 32CSM, Francis Makey and Peter Fitzsimons, the event still went forward and our Irish comrades were able to discuss the situation over there.

Topics that were discussed included a History of 32CSM in context of the struggle of Irish Sovereignty,the socialist dimension of the struggle and the importance of internationalism.

This was followed by questions and a lively discussion.
All in all the event was a success and we look forward to the talk tomorrow at 4 pm in Kitchener at Queen street commons cafe. Special thanks the PRAC for helping make the event a success and putting in the hard work.

32CSM Speech read at Hugo Chavez and Simon Bolivar’s birthday in Toronto

26 Jul

Despite the state illegally blocking our comrades attendance in KKKanada, the speaking tour is going well. At the event for Hugo Chavez and Simon Bolivars Birthday the following speech by Peter Fitzsimons was read. This was followed by the presenting of the Irish flag to the Venezuelan Consulate on behalf of the 32’s. The speech was very well received as was the unity of anti imperialists.

Friends and comrades, the 32 County Sovereignty Movement send you our revolutionary and fraternal greetings, as we meet here today in Canada.

We salute the ongoing work that you are engaged in, here in Canada, and we recognise the ongoing struggle against American Imperialism that the Venezuelan people are engaged in.

Due to the global recession the American Government no longer has the economic power that it once had, and they are now building en-mass, American friendly armed forces around the world, or as they would prefer to call them, “protest movements”.

The reasons behind these “protest movements” are clear, and that reason is simply put, for the overthrow of democratically elected governments.

In Venezuela, the Bolivarian Government has made important gains, in healthcare, poverty reduction, literacy and education. However the American Government would have us believe that these gains are not the way forward for the Venezuelan people and the American backed anti-government protestors represent the majority of the Venezuelan people.

The 32 County Sovereignty Movement encourage you to continue to resist the Imperialist hands of America and to continue the work of Hugo Chavez and the Bolivarian Government.

In occupied Ireland the 32 County Sovereignty Movement are engaged in challenging the violation of Irish Sovereignty.

On the 7th of December 1997, the 32 County Sovereignty Movement was formed, after senior members of Sinn Féin left the party due to the ever increasing signs that there would be no lasting peace in Ireland under the leadership of Gerry Adams and Martin McGuinness.

Under the Sinn Féin leadership, Irish Republicanism was slowly creeping towards a complete sell out of Irish National Sovereignty. In the run up to the Good Friday Agreement, the British Government had laid down a number of pre-conditions for a lasting peace in Ireland. One of these pre-conditions was a British Sovereign claim to 6 of Irelands 32 counties.

The 32 County Sovereignty Movement lodged a legal challenge at the United Nations, challenging the legality of the Good Friday Agreement. Like the Venezuelan people, we also believe in self determination and self governance.

In our UN Submission we clearly outlined under International law, that the Government of Great Britain has been in breach of the following UN Covenants:

1: The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

2: The International Covenant on Economic Social and Cultural Rights.

3: The United Nations Declaration on the Granting of Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples.

4: Declaration on Principles of International Law Concerning Friendly Relations and Co-Operation among States in Accordance with the Charter of the United Nations.

The response from the British and American Governments was to have the 32 County Sovereignty Movement declared as a Foreign Terrorist Organisation, therefore ensuring the 32 County Sovereignty Movement could not revisit the United Nations headquarters in New York.

Moving to declare us as a F.T.O only gave light to right minded people that our position on Irish National Sovereignty was a correct one.

The present situation in Ireland relating to the violation of Irish Sovereignty has not changed since the signing of the Good Friday Agreement.

Britain still refuses to recognise Ireland’s right to National Sovereignty. Through Britain’s colonial policy within the occupied territory, there has been deep division fostered between the Nationalist, Republican, Unionist and Loyalist Communities.

These divisions only serve one purpose, and that purpose further strengthens Britain’s hold over six of our thirty two counties

Armed actions and armed British incursions by the PSNI and British secret service within Ireland still takes place. We in the 32 County Sovereignty Movement are highlighting these actions, however the media within Ireland turn a blind eye.

In recent times Internment has returned to the Occupied Six Counties. Irish Republicans are being arrested by British security forces and sent to prison without charge or trial, for a period of two or more years, before being released without any explanation being given.

While it is important to highlight on-going injustices and the violation of our Sovereignty, the 32 County Sovereignty Movement is busy in engaging with our communities on a local issues, such as anti-social behaviour, housing issues, and drink and drug awareness.

The 32 County Sovereignty Movement have being studying a community council model to further our vision as to how community councils can be established, within the community, powered by the people for the people and free from interference from the establishment.

To run in tandem with the community council model, in 2013, we drafted our drugs policy document ‘Addressing the Drugs Crisis’, which is a radical approach to the drug crisis in Ireland. We have taken example from the Portuguese model on dealing with drugs and associated problems that come from the sale, supply and use of illicit drugs.

Irish Republicans take a zero policy approach towards the sale and supply of illicit drugs. However we have recognised, that through helping those who find themselves addicted to drugs, we can severely damage the profit that drug dealers are making, and therefore reducing the sale and supply of illicit drugs within our communities.

Irish Republicans, can learn a lot from Venezuelan leaders such as Simon Bolivar and Hugo Chavez. Like Hugo Chavez, Irish Republicans feel the pain of our brothers and sisters in Palestine. We recognise the ongoing plight of the Palestinian people as they are attacked by Zionist Israel, we feel the pain that innocent men, women and children are suffering at the hands of the Zionist Israeli state, and we salute the people of Palestine, for their bravery, their courage and their on-going resilience.

Just like Hugo Chavez and the Bolivarian Government of Venezuela the 32 County Sovereignty Movement believes in giving power to our people. We believe in distributing the wealth of the nation equally amongst the citizens of our nation.

The violation of Irish National Sovereignty by the partitioning of Ireland is by default, a violation of the individual Sovereignty of citizens. Partition is an imposed restriction on the national and social development of the Irish people by a foreign parliament. The violation of Irish Sovereignty is an inalienable source of conflict.

All Irish citizens are sovereign, our right to self determination is a Sovereign right, the cause of conflict in Ireland is the violation of Sovereignty, and until our Sovereignty is restored then there can be no lasting peace in Ireland.

To quote Hugo Chavez “LET THE DOGS OF THE EMPIRE BARK, THAT’S THEIR JOB, OURS IS TO BATTLE TO ACHIEVE THE TRUE LIBERATION OF OUR COUNTRY”

Beir Bua

Go Raibh Maith Agat

Anti Colonialist Working Group Condemns KKKanadian censorship of the 32CSM, and will continue the speaking tour

24 Jul

Anti Colonialist Working Group Condemns the KKKanadian authorities for their arbitrary and criminal deportation of Francis Makey, Peter Fitzsimons and Martin Rafferty from KKKanada.This act of refusing them entry and jailing them like commons criminals is a clear attempt of the KKKanadian state to silence their message and criminalize their politics. The use of U$ law to justify this political persecution clearly demonstrates that the KKKanadian state under Harper feel that they are no more then the 51st state of the U$ and clearly shows that in their eyes KKKanada is no more than a lackey to the U$.

Despite these attempts to silence the message of Irish sovereignty and self-determination, Anti Colonialist Working Group will continue to hold the public meetings that members of the 32CSM were suppose to be speaking at. Given the fact that copys of the speeches have been provided to organizers as well as the fact that modern technology like skype can allow political meetings to happened without the speakers actually being in the country, Anti Colonialist Working Group feels that the attempts of the state to censor and silence the message of Irish Republicans and their supporters will fail.

URGENT kkkanadian state jails and refuses entry to Irish Republicans due to their politics

24 Jul

On July 23rd the KKKanadian state denied entry to Francis Makey, Peter Fitzsimons and Martin Rafferty due to their political beliefs and political affiliation. Upon arrival at Pearson International Airport they were pulled aside interrogated  and told that they were being deported. Currently they are in prison awaiting deportation tomorrow at 5:50pm despite the fact that the only reason that they are being deported and imprisoned is the fact that they are Irish Republicans and their membership in the 32CSM, which is not an illegal organization. Peter is currently being held in Maplehearst Detention Centre which is a maximum security prison for those waiting trial.

If they refused to leave and have a hearing they were told that they would be held in remand for up to two weeks making it clear that if they would challenge this arbitrary decision they would be punished.

if you are in KKKanada please contact border services at 905 676 5329
if outside of KKKanada please contact the local KKKanadian embassy or consulate
Please call your local KKKanadian embassy and protest this outrage