32CSM statement read at Alan Ryan Commemoration In Kitchener

3 Sep

Friends, Comrades

The 32 County Sovereignty Movement send our revolutionary and fraternal greetings as you gather in Canada in to pay tribute to IRA Volunteer Alan Ryan.

To pay tribute to a man of the character of Vol Alan Ryan is very easy indeed.

It is made easy because we are paying tribute to a man of honour.

Volunteer Alan Ryan cared for his community and for his country, he didn’t make judgements based on personalities or greed, he made his judgement to uphold the principles of the 1916 Proclamation and the Declaration of Independence.

Today the same principles apply, the republican position is no different to what it ever was, based on defending and upholding the sovereignty of the Irish Nation and challenging the violation of Irish sovereignty.

The death of Volunteer Alan Ryan at the hands of criminal elements was a defining moment in the evolution of the republican struggle. We can only begin to comprehend the significance of this foul act by discovering the exact circumstances and context in which it happened.

Since the very inception of Irish resistance to British occupation many centuries ago a core theme of the conflict has been the lawful legitimacy of Irish resistance. The occupying power and her puppet Irish Parliaments have always tried to portray Irish republican forces as criminals engaged in an illegal enterprise.

Time and time again, in defiance of criminalisation, Irish republicans have endured death in the field, imprisonment, transportation and death on hunger strike as noble assertions of the legitimacy of our actions and our cause.

The attack on Alan Ryan was an attack on all those efforts, historic and contemporary, to ensure that the insidious policy of criminalisation would fail.

The magnificent response by Alan’s community to his untimely death was the true reflection of Alan’s own commitment to that community. A central theme of Alan’s republicanism was his fight against drug abuse and those that ply that nefarious trade.

But Alan knew only too well that the fight against drug abuse is not a simplistic problem and needs to be addressed on a wide range of fronts. Confronting the drug barons was one such front but work in other areas is essential.

The media frenzy in the wake of Alan’s murder, although predictable, held some very telling lessons for Irish republicans. But the most salient lesson of all was, how, through our considered and dignified actions in laying our comrade to rest, we resolutely demolished their lies and propaganda in the eyes of the world.

We uttered nothing, but said everything, when thousands of ordinary people followed the cortege and lined the route to his final resting place. His comrades in arms gave the traditional salute. His comrades in uniform flanked his hearse. Former imprisoned comrades carried his remains and his many comrades in solidarity accompanied him on his final journey.

It was a fitting tribute to the man and a telling rebuke to those who would seek to injure him.

As republicans who wish to pay tribute to Alan let us do so by following this example. Let our actions be as considered and thought through as they were. Let our utterances be as equally as considered.

The 32 County Sovereignty Movement remember with pride our fallen comrade.

Beir Bua

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