Belfast éirígí 1916 commemoration

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Several hundred people attended éirígí’s annual Easter Rising commemoration in Belfast on Monday 28th March.

Led by a seven-person colour party and young people carrying portraits of the 1916 leaders, party members and supporters paraded along the Falls Road shortly after one o’clock to Milltown Cemetery where a commemorative ceremony was held at the original Republican Plot.

The proceedings were chaired by Sharon Pickering. In her introductory remarks, Sharon made special mention of Belfast-born Winifred Carney who, along with Julia Grenan and Elizabeth O’Farrell, remained with the GPO garrison throughout the entirety of Easter week.

She added, “We must remain focused on our enemies and confident in ourselves. The struggle requires a systematic approach, it requires efficiency, sustainability, and we must continuously challenge and question ourselves.

“Strategies need to beanalysed and reanalysed, tactics need to evolve and adapt; it is important to keep our enemies guessing as we embark upon a new century of struggle.”

The 1916 Proclamation was read by Liam McCotter, a former republican prisoner who spent eleven-and-a-half years in prison in Britain. In 1994, McCotter was among a group of Republican prisoners that escaped from the Special Security Unit within Whitemoor prison before their re-capture several miles away from the gaol.

Following the laying of wreaths, the main oration was delivered by Bernard Fox who had taken part in the 1981 hungerstrike in the H-blocks of Long Kesh. bernard fox  easter 2016

Referring to the multiplicity of commemorations organised by various political parties and organisations, Fox said that these along with the ‘spin’ employed by some to justify their support for partition must be confusing for the youth of today.

He criticised those who claimed the Rising was a mistake and said that the political negotiations in the years before 1916 demonstrated the duplicity of the British government by promising Redmond Home Rule, while in another room they were promising Carson the border. Such deviousness is still inherent in every British Government.

In the course of his address, Bernard said that the objectives of 1916 had not been achieved and that Republicans were entitled to use whatever means necessary to bring about an end to partition.

He criticised the main political parties across Ireland who, he said, were actively collaborating with Britain through their failure to actively oppose partition and by their support for draconian and repressive laws and Diplock non-jury courts.

He condemned those Republicans and nationalists who today urged people to support and provide information to British forces in the Six Counties.

 

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Posted on April 4, 2016, in 21st century republicanism and socialism, éirígí, British state repression (general), Commemorations, Democratic rights - general, General revolutionary history, Historiography and historical texts, Irish politics today, Partition, Prisoners - current, Prisoners - past, Provos - then and now, Public events - Ireland, Repression and resistance in 1970s and 1980s, Repression and resistance in the six counties today, Revolutionary figures, six counties, The road to the Easter Rising, Toadyism, twenty-six counties. Bookmark the permalink. Comments Off on Belfast éirígí 1916 commemoration.

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