Tony Taylor issues direct appeal to Derry public two years after his return to jail

Tony Taylor last night issued a statement from Maghaberry to mark the second anniversary of his return to jail.

In it, Mr Taylor called on the public to attend a short march from Derry Courthouse to Guildhall Square at lunchtime this Saturday, March 10, to highlight his case.

The statement reads:

It is now approaching 47 years since the British government enacted the Special Powers Act and began the process of internment without trial.

Then like today, people from right across the city and six counties were dragged from their families imprisoned indefinitely without due process.

Unfortunately, contrary to what the British Government, its forces and its media outlets would have you believe internment without trial is alive and well in Ireland today.

Almost two years to the day I was dragged from our family car in front of my wife and children detained and imprisoned in Maghaberry Jail where I have been ever since.

I have not been afforded a trial and remain imprisoned upon the word and secret evidence of the British State intelligence agency MI5.

As we approach the 47th anniversary of the introduction of interment in 1971, it is telling, is it not, that the British government is still employing such draconian legislation to imprison those in political opposition.

As a consequence, and as a victim of such action, I once again need and ask for your attendance this Saturday evening March 10 at a rally organised calling for my immediate release. Gathering outside Derry Court House at 2pm, ending in short walk to Guildhall Square.

In finishing, I would like to emphasise that it is vital that we get as many people as possible to attend this event and the many others organised right across Ireland and further afield. Therefore, I call on all to make every effort to mark this event because without you and your voice me and my family would be very much alone in this fight for justice.

So once again thank you to each and every one of you for your continued support, myself and my family will be forever grateful.

Tony Taylor

Political prisoner

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With many thanks to: Derry Now for the origional story.

FREE TONY TAYLOR March – Bishops Street Courthouse To Guildhall Square – 10th March 2pm – Everyone is Welcome

 

Please share everyone .let’s try a get a descent crowd out there .

With many thanks to: Lorraine Taylor

On 10th March 2016 Tony Taylor was taken from his family and interned at the behest of MI5/British government.

This coming Saturday will mark the 2 year point of Tony’s internment.

A show of solidarity with Tony and his family will be held outside the State Libray in Melbourne at 3pm to tell the British government/MI5 that we will never accept the internment of Tony Taylor or any Irish citizen.

#End Internment
#Free Tony Taylor

With many thanks to: James Connolly.

A statement from Tony Taylor’s wife Lorraine

Over the weekend a number of boards were erected stating the corporate position of DCSDC calling for the release of my husband Tony. Next week will see Tony beginning his third year of imprisonment without trial. Unionist politicians have called on council to remove these boards immediately and DCSDC claim they are “considering their options “. Given that DCSDC did not commission or erect these boards and they are not placed on council property I call on them not to interfere and be part of any Unionist cover up of my husbands internment. I would encourage anyone with an interest in human rights, DCSDC rate payers and residents to contact council on 02871253253, info@derrycityandstrabanedistrict.com and demand that council refuse to use its personnel and resources as part of this cover up.

With many thanks to: Lorraine Taylor

Fake council posters calling for the release of ex-IRA man from jail angers unionists

The posters were erected in Derry and Strabane, and support the release of Tony Taylor.

The erection of fake council posters calling for the release of leading a Londonderry dissident republican has outraged unionists.
Yesterday afternoon two large posters calling for the release of Tony Taylor and bearing the official Derry City and Strabane District logo were erected.

They were placed on the roundabout outside the Guildhall and at the ‘Let the Dance Begin’ tin sculptures in Strabane by people in official high-visibility council jackets.

The council has denied it commissioned or erected the posters.

Mr Taylor is a former IRA man who was sentenced to 18 years in prison in 1994, and again jailed for three years in 2011.

However, his licence was revoked in March 2016.

Nationalist and republican councillors have long called for his release, stating there is no evidence of any wrongdoing. Back in 2016, the council backed a motion tabled by independent councillor Gary Donnelly to call for Mr Taylor’s immediate release.

The message on the poster mirrors that of Mr Donnelly’s motion, stating: “Former British Secretary of State Theresa Villiers, in conjunction with unaccountable intelligence agencies, has ordered the incarceration of Derry Republican Tony Taylor without charge or trial. This council calls for Tony’s immediate release.”

A large blue Derry City and Strabane District Council logo sits below the statement.

DUP councillor David Ramsey said that the posters were “insulting, dangerous and damaging to community relations”.

“It is strange, to say the least, that an official council logo would be used to promote the release of a convicted terrorist,” he said. “This man clearly wasn’t reformed by his time in prison. For unionists, we just see this man as a danger to our community and to everyone in our city.

“I’m a councillor with Derry City and Strabane District Council.

“Our official council logo is there calling for the release of an unrepentant terrorist, which is very shocking.

“I would also say that it is dangerous because it’s like saying that the council – although they did pass a motion to support the campaign for his release – is promoting his release.

“It’s labelling the council as supporting a known terrorist.

“It’s like putting two fingers up to the law.

“There are major questions to be asked on how someone can use the logo in this way. It is not good for community relations at all. It is an insult and it is dangerous.”

A spokesperson for Derry City and Strabane District Council said that it did not commission or erect the posters.

Taylor has been in jail since March 2016, having previously been released on licence under the terms of the Good Friday Agreement.

He had been sentenced to 18 years in jail in 1994 for planting an IRA bomb in Londonderry.

He was also jailed for three years in 2011 for possession of a rifle.

Taylor was released from Maghaberry Prison in 2014, but two years later the then Secretary of State, Theresa Villiers, revoked his licence “because of the risk he poses to the public”.

No formal charges were laid against him.

Last year, Sinn Fein Mayor of Derry and Strabane Council Maoliosa McHugh came under fire for addressing a rally supporting Taylor’s release while wearing his chain of office.

The move sparked unionist anger, with accusations that the mayor was unable to represent the whole community. However, Mr McHugh said there was “a corporate position as far as Tony Taylor is concerned and I was reflecting the corporate position of the council as mayor”.

With many thanks to the: Belfast Telegraph for the origional story.

DUP anger at Council logo being used to promote ‘Free Tony Taylor’ campaign

The DUP in Derry and Strabane say they are ‘angered and dismayed’ that the Derry City & Strabane District Council logo has been used to promote the Tony Taylor release campaign.

Photos in Monday’s Derry News show the large posters in support of Mr Taylor being erected by individuals wearing Council-branded workwear.

The DUP’s David Ramsey said: “These posters need to be removed immediately for the good of community relations.

“We will await the Mayor’s response to this. He has continually shown a lack of understanding of the Mayoral role and a total disregard for unionism here locally.

“We will be asking council to undertake an urgent investigation into this situation and to take appropriate action in having these posters removed.”

Mr Taylor was returned to prison two years ago this month after his parole was revoked for unspecified reasons. Politicians, clerics, trade unionists and community leaders have been campaigning for his release.

The DUP have called for the Posters to be removed follow this link: http://www.mydup.com/news/article/tony-taylor-sign-must-be-removed-for-good-of-community-relations

With many thanks to: Derry Now for the origional story.