Over the past number of days, Republicans across Derry have been targeted by British Crown Forces resulting in multiple Saoradh activists being lifted from the street and from their homes.
This follows on from Junior McDaid House, the revolutionary hub of Saoradh Doire and the party’s national office, being picked apart in an early morning raid by armed and masked individuals operating on behalf of the RUC and British Military Intelligence.
Coupled with these actions, the Facebook page of Junior McDaid House was somewhat coincidently removed and admins banned, mere minutes before the raid took part. Again evoking censorship on a political party seeking to expose the continued occupation of our island.
The raids and subsequent seizures follow on from a successful weekend for Republicans both in the city and further afield as we commemorated Ireland’s patriot dead.
Having witnessed horrendous scenes in Lurgan on Saturday where armed militia men proceeded to interrupt an RSF Commemoration, the youth of Derry were not about to let the same thing happen as Republicans commemorated heroes of Ireland.
As the Derry 1916 Commemoration Committee event got underway, those intent on imposing political repression upon the people of Derry started to saturate the area. Although they moved to thwart the commemoration, the youth of the city emerged with a well prepared plan to force the Crown Forces out of the Republican Creggan estate.
Immediately after British thugs were forced from the area, micro minister and partitionist leader of Sinn Fein, Michelle O’Neill, hit out at those attacking the forces of occupation.
She demanded that Republicans be “brought before the law” and called for action to be taken against those commemorating the men and women who fought and continue to fight for the ultimate goal of a 32 County Socialist Republic.
Whilst raids and arrests are nothing new to Republicans, it is the outrageous draconian bail conditions imposed on our activists upon release that is a worrying development. These bail conditions are designed to fracture Republican structures in Derry and deter activists from continuing their committed work to rebuilding the Republican Movement and working tirelessly on behalf of our communities. This tactic will fail!
Despite the deafening silence of former comrades and those who have now been eloped by the very system they once claimed they would never be part of, Saoradh stand firm in our opposition to
the current harassment, intimidation and political repression of our party membership.
Its clear that British Crown Forces are following a policy of censorship towards Saoradh. This is simply because they are fearful of our growth and realise that our political narrative is being accepted by the community.