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Anti-Irish Bigotry, Sexism, Fascism & Racism Exposed During Twitter Study

Posted in Alex McGuigan, anti social behaviour, Anti-IRSP revisionism, Belfast, Class Solidarity, Criminal, Grenfell Tower, Homophobic Attacks, Human Rights, Internationalism, Ireland, Making A Murderer, Neo Nazis, Political prisoners, Proletariat, Racism, Reading list, Reviews, Sectarianism, Sureveillance with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 28, 2017 by The Plough & The Stars

Let us begin by stating categorically that Twitter is an excellent online resource, I particularly like the succinct wordsmithing required in ‘Tweets’ and it’s inertia-free dynamic.  Dickens summed up my Twitter journey perfectly and prophetically in 1859:

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity…

I have the highest regard for the vast majority of people I’ve interacted with during my Twitter experience.  Many campaign against the most cruel of injustices, fight against terrible miscarriages of justice, advocate for an egalitarian future and oppose Racism in all it’s vile forms.  Many bravely expose a broken system, bravely support national liberation struggles, making public all aspects of the class struggle and many, many more causes that all decent human beings can embrace.

Of course, there is always a downside using online platforms as one is exposed to a wide cross-section of those individuals whose zeitgeist has inhabited the nadirs of a global sewage system for millenia.  Far from being repulsed by this phenomena, it should interest those from a variety of professions, not least being the pathology of some of these lumpen specimens. So I will provide just a few examples and add more during further editing..

 

 

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This is just a small sample of screenshots that I’ve saved but have not fully collated.  I will add substantially more by the final draft.  I found some of the accusations levelled at me personally to be sanity-defying but interesting nonetheless.  Watch this space for further additions….

Alex McGuigan, Belfast

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PFLP: Arrests of our leaders will not deter us from continuing resistance

Posted in Ahmad Sa’adat, Alex McGuigan, Anti-Zionism, Armed Struggle, cadre, Gaza, Human Rights, Hunger Strikes, Imperialism, Internationalism, Palestine, PFLP, PFLP/IRSP Solidarity, Political prisoners, Solidarity, Statements, zionism with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 4, 2017 by The Plough & The Stars

Source: PFLP

The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine confirmed that the Zionist occupation forces launched a pre-dawn campaign of raids across the occupied West Bank of Palestine on Sunday, arresting a number of leaders and activists of the Front, led by the Palestinian Legislative Council member Khalida Jarrar, feminist activist Khitam Saafin and former prisoner Ihab Massoud, as well as a number of activists in al-Khalil. The Front declared that these attacks will not stop it from continuing its role in resistance to occupation and confronting the crimes and projects that attempt to liquidate the Palestinian cause.

The Front emphasized that these arrests only underline the futility of the choices of the Palestinian Authority to continue to bet on settlements, “peace process” and security coordination. It also confirms the correctness of the Front’s position and its continuing struggle to build the resistance and the primary contradiction with the occupation as a major feature of its approach and political positions.

The Front further stated that these arrests have come after the major campaign of incitement launched by the Zionist entity and its prime minister, the war criminal Benjamin Netanyahu, against the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine and the resistance factions.

The PFLP urged the Palestinian masses to escalate the popular movement to support the struggle of the brave prisoners in Israeli jails, for Jarrar and Saafin and the prisoner Muhammad Allan, on hunger strike for 25 days.

The Front promised to continue to defend the rights and principles of the Palestinian people. Continued targeting by the occupation only emphasizes the importance of continuing the path to return and liberation.

الجبهة الشعبية لتحرير فلسطين

Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine
July 2, 2017

Media Interest In IRSP Support For Michael Campbell

Posted in activism, Ireland, IRSM, IRSP, Michael Campbell, Political prisoners on August 22, 2013 by The Plough & The Stars
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Belfast Media Group’s Francesca Ryan’s interview with IRSP on their support for Michael Campbell’s Repatriation

 

White-line Protest Belfast Saturday 17th August – Repatriate Michael Campbell

Posted in activism, campaigns, Human Rights, Michael Campbell, Political prisoners on August 15, 2013 by The Plough & The Stars

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Anti-Internment Rally Belfast 9th August

Posted in activism, Human Rights, Internment, Ireland, Irish Republican Socialism, IRSM, IRSP, Political prisoners on August 5, 2013 by The Plough & The Stars

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From IRSP News Site

Despite some confusion in the media relating to the IRSP’s role in the Belfast Anti-internment march on August 9th, it has now been confirmed by the Belfast IRSP’s Executive, following a formal invitation from the organisers, that the party will be taking part in the march.

IRSP northern region PRO and Belfast Executive member, Alex McGuigan, speaking at Costello House confirmed that the party will be taking part in the Anti-internment march, stating “the Irish Republican Socialist Party are intrinsically opposed to all forms of internment.  IRSP members have suffered the obscenity of internment in all it’s various guises throughout the years, with the late Ta Power holding the record as being the the political prisoner to be held longest in custody during the British government’s policy of interment by remand”.

Alex McGuigan continued, “the IRSP are calling all members, supporters and especially former POW’s’  to assemble at 6pm at the Ardoyne Avenue departure point for the anti-internment march on August 9th.”

Kevin Lynch INLA Hunger Striker RIP

Posted in Hunger Strikes, INLA, Irish Republican Socialism, IRSM, IRSP, Political prisoners on August 1, 2013 by The Plough & The Stars

The year 2013 is the 32nd anniversary of the H-Block Hunger Strikes in Long Kesh concentration camp, when 10 brave INLA and IRA prisoners gave their lives for the right to be treated as the political prisoners they most surely were. Irish National Liberation Army Volunteer Kevin Lynch was one of three Republican Socialist prisoners, along with Volunteers Patsy O’Hara and Mickey Devine, who selflessly gave their lives in the tragic Hunger Strikes of 1981. The H-Block protests saw a mass mobilisation in Ireland and overseas in support of the Hunger Strikers. The H-Block Hunger Strikers’ Five demands were:

  1. The right not to wear a prison uniform;
  2. The right not to do prison work;
  3. The right of free association with other prisoners, and to organise educational and recreational pursuits;
  4. The right to one visit, one letter and one parcel per week;
  5. Full restoration of remission lost through the protest

Background

Kevin Lynch was born on the 25th of May, 1956 and came from the Dungiven area of North Derry. Prior to his involvement in the Irish National Liberation Army, Kevin Lynch was a keen sportsman excelling in boxing, Gaelic football and hurling. In December 1977, after spending a year on remand in Belfast’s Crumlin Road prison, he was sentenced to 10 years imprisonment in the H-Blocks of Long Kesh by a Diplock non-jury court, convicted of armed INLA operations in the North Derry area. On arrival at the H-Blocks Kevin Lynch joined the ‘blanket protest’ for a period of three and a half years until he took his place of the Hunger Strike. Kevin was known for his courage and fortitude during the blanket protest, once enduring weeks of agony with a dental abscess rather than don the prison garb to seek medical treatment.

 

 

Hunger Strike 1981

Kevin Lynch joined the Hunger Strike on the 23rd of May, 1981 and took the place of his INLA comrade Patsy O’Hara who had given his life 2 days previously. Kevin was a H-Block/Armagh prisoner candidate for County Waterford in the Leinster House elections and although he was not elected like his fellow prisoner candidates, Paddy Agnew and Kieran Doherty, he received 3337 first preference votes! Kevin Lynch’s courage throughout his time on Hunger Strike is well documented and we, who were either very young or not even born in those desperate times can only imagine the pain and suffering endured by Kevin, his brave comrades and indeed his family. Kevin sadly passed away at 12.50 am on the 1st of August 1981 with his two brothers at his prison hospital bedside after 71 days on Hunger Strike. He was only 25 years old.. According to his last wishes, Volunteer Kevin Lynch was buried in Dungiven on the 3rd of August 1981. Kevin died as he lived, a proud Republican Socialist and a volunteer in the Irish National Liberation Army. His last fight was against the criminalisation of Irish political prisoners, by the forces of British imperialism in the H-Blocks of Long Kesh concentration camp. Kevin Lynch was given a full military funeral by his comrades in the Irish Republican Socialist Movement with 6 armed INLA volunteers in uniform firing a final volley of shots over his coffin as it made it’s journey to Dungiven cemetery. Thirty two years onwards, INLA volunteer Kevin Lynch is forever remembered by his old comrades in the Irish Republican Socialist Movement, his family, his community and indeed by the Irish working class. Kevin Lynch’s name is immortalised in his native Dungiven with sporting tournaments, teams and indeed a Republican band named in his honour. On the anniversary of his death each year Kevin Lynch is remembered by his own community and the wider Republican community with a parade in his honour. A large monument in Dungiven bears his name and bears testimony to his courage. In the year 2013, the 32nd anniversary of Volunteer Kevin Lynch’s death on hunger strike, young and old alike will be commemorating his bravery and utter selflessness. Like his fellow H-Block Hunger Strikers Kevin Lynch was amongst ‘the bravest of the brave!’ Saoirse Go Deo!

Alex McGuigan

Belfast White-line Picket In Support Of Michael Campbell 17th August

Posted in IRSP, Michael Campbell, Political prisoners on July 31, 2013 by The Plough & The Stars

The Irish Republican Socialist Party will be holding a white-line picket on Saturday 17th August on the Falls Road, Belfast, to highlight the campaign to repatriate Michael Campbell from the hellish conditions of a Lithuanian prison.

The White-line picket on Saturday 17th August begins outside Costello House at 12 noon and ends at 1pm.  The case for the repatriation of Michael Campbell is an humanitarian issue that all Republicans, Socialists, Trade Unionists and progressives can unite on.

You can read more about Michael Campbell’s case for repatriation at the:

Plough & Stars Blog

Republican Socialist News

The Repatriate Michael Campbell Facebook Campaign

Show your support in Belfast on the 17th August for Michael Campbell!

 

Alex McGuigan

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