The Irish Republican Socialist Party in Belfast took to the Falls Road today in order to raise awareness of the continuing plight of republican prisoners in Maghaberry Gaol.
Under the ever watchful eye of the PSNI/RUC, who stalked the event with a camera mounted spy jeep, hundreds of leaflets were distributed to passing motorists and pedestrians highlighting the continuing use of strip searches, controlled movement and other nefarious forms of sporadic punishment which prisoners are forced to endure on a daily basis.
Joined by comrades from the Cabhair prisoner support group, the opportunity was also taken to highlight the case of the Craigavon Two who are currently imprisoned on the word of a paid perjurer, the railings of Costello House were adorned with a Craigavon Two banner for the duration.
Former Maghaberry prisoner and veteran of the 2012 No wash ‘dirty protest’ Sean Carlin spoke on behalf of the IRSP and of the need to maintain a supportive voice for republican prisoners of all persuasions.
The Irish Republican Socialist Party maintains that regardless of its own position on armed actions today, the systematic oppression of Republican prisoners remains an insult to all of us who adhere to the basic principles of Irish freedom, human rights and civil justice.
The IRSP will continue to do whatever it can to raise awareness of the daily plight of prisoners and the ongoing fight for political status.