IRSCNA Easter Commemoration Statement 2013.

31 March 2013
Irish Republican Socialist Committees of North America

Easter Commemoration Statement 2013

[Statement read at the Irish Republican Socialist Movement’s National
1916 Easter Rising Commemoration in Belfast]

Comrades, at this Eastertime, the Irish Republican Socialist
Committees of North America send solidarity greetings to our comrades
and fellow members of the Irish Republican Socialist Movement in the
Irish Republican Socialist Party, Irish National Liberation Army,
Republican Socialist Youth Movement, and Teach na Failte. We are
particularly mindful of our imprisoned comrades in Portlaoise Prison.

On this day, the 97th anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising, we
remember with pride all those who have given their lives for an Irish
Workers’ Republic. We pay homage to the brave volunteers and
activists of the INLA and IRSP who made the ultimate sacrifice.

At this time, the IRSCNA would like to highlight the ongoing illegal
interment of Irish Republicans: Marian Price, who has been held for
over 680 days and is in deteriorating health; Martin Corey, who has
been in custody for over 1,000 days without trial and without a
reason given for his arrest; and Stephen Murney, who has been held
since November on trumped up charges. Who knows who could be targeted
next. This is the reality for Republicans 15 years after the signing
of the Good Friday Agreement.

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Dublin Lock-out of 1913,
when 20,000 workers were locked out by 300 employers over the issue
of the right of workers to organize in unions. In the century that
has since passed, the Irish working class is no closer to enjoying
true freedom. As long as capitalism and British imperialism exist on
the island of Ireland, the Irish working class shall be in chains. We
in the IRSM, the true inheritors of the ideals of James Connolly,
rightfully recognize that national liberation is not enough. We need
to achieve class emancipation, both in Ireland and internationally.

As Connolly himself said: “If you remove the English army tomorrow
and hoist the green flag over Dublin Castle, unless you set about the
organization of the Socialist Republic your efforts would be in vain.
England would still rule you. She would rule you through her
capitalists, through her landlords, through her financiers, through
the whole array of commercial and individualist institutions she has
planted in this country and watered with the tears of our mothers and
the blood of our martyrs.”

As this Easter dawns, we stand in the proud tradition of generations
of Irish revolutionaries, struggling to liberate the working class
from the shackles of capitalism and imperialism.

Onward to victory, comrades! Our only allegiance is to the working


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