Arrest and release of Brian Leeson

Brian Leeson, the national chairperson of éirígí, was arrested by gardaí at his home late on Tuesday evening.

The party’s general secretary, Breandán Mac Cionnaith, has recorded that “Neither the party nor Brian’s family are aware of any reason why the gardaí should have chosen either to arrest or to continue to detain him.

“However, it is clear that some sections of the press have engaged in ill-founded comment in relation to Brian’s arrest in terms that can only be described as highly sensationalist speculation. Such coverage is undoubtedly and quite obviously highly prejudicial.

“Brian has played a central role in organising opposition to the austerity policies being implemented by the Fine Gael/Labour Coalition in Leinster House. With further austerity and anti-working class measures due to be announced within the next few weeks, we are of the view that this arrest and the accompanying coverage by some media outlets is designed to undermine opposition to this forthcoming budget and to attack our party.

“We also believe that it is more than just mere coincidence that Brian’s arrest came just over a week after the party voted at our annual Ard Fheis to contest local government elections in the 26 Counties.

“We fully believe that these things are most certainly not unconnected.”

Brian was released just before 10pm on Thursday night.

Mac Cionnaith said, “Brian’s arrest and detention was a cynical exercise by the gardaí designed to foster a climate of black propaganda and misinformation within sections of the media directed against Brian and against our party in general.

“Brian’s release, without charge, confirms our view that his arrest had a clear political motivation.

“That view is also shared by the many people from various campaigning groups and from a wide range of political opinions right across Ireland who contacted the party in recent days to express concern about Brian’s arrest.”

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Posted on November 30, 2012, in 21st century republicanism and socialism, Anti-household and anti-water tax, éirígí, Censorship, Democratic rights - general, Economy and workers' resistance, Irish politics today, Prisoners - current, twenty-six counties. Bookmark the permalink. Comments Off on Arrest and release of Brian Leeson.

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