Louise Minihan and the state’s different rules for political cases

The jailing of Louise Minihan over the past seven days indicates the way in which the state treats political cases differently from ‘ordinary’ criminal cases.  This is true throughout the capitalist world, but it’s been particularly true in Ireland.  Louise reports, “On my first day in Mountjoy it was confirmed to me by the governor of the Dóchas centre that I was to be treated differently because I was a political prisoner and that I would be held for the full length of my sentence.

“While not surprising, it is still an absolute disgrace that political prisoners should be singled out in this way, to serve longer periods in jail than comparable non-political prisoners.  The notion that the justice and penal system in this state are independent and impartial has been further eroded by my case.

“When similar political interference in the justice system occurs in countries on the other side of the world the Labour Party are quick to cry their crocodile tears, but when it happens here their silence is deafening.”

As so often in the past with republicans and revolutionary socialists, this treatment has simply made her more determined to fight back against capitalist austerity.  “Over the coming months and years,” Louise states, “I intend to work with the people of Ballyfermot and beyond in building a mass anti-austerity movement to reverse the damage that has been done by the Troika, Fianna Fail, Fine Gael and the Labour Party.”

Information taken from an éirígí press statement, released Tues, July 24.

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Posted on July 25, 2012, in 21st century republicanism and socialism, Anti-household and anti-water tax, éirígí, Democratic rights - general, Economy and workers' resistance, Irish politics today, Political education and theory, Social conditions, twenty-six counties, Women prisoners. Bookmark the permalink. Comments Off on Louise Minihan and the state’s different rules for political cases.

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