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IRSP International Department Easter speech 2017

Posted in Anti-Zionism, Belfast, Class Solidarity, Commemoration, Easter Commemoration, Fallen Comrades, Human Rights, Imperialism, INLA, International socialism, Internationalism, Irish National Liberation Army, Irish Republican Socialism, IRSCNA, IRSM, IRSP, Kurdistan, PFLP, Scottish Indepence, Socialism, Solidaity, Statements with tags , , , , , , , , , , on April 27, 2017 by The Plough & The Stars

Source: IRSP NEWS!

Head of the Irish Republican Socialist Party International Department and Ard Comhairle member Sean Carlin delivered a solidarity message to our comrades struggling abroad.

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International solidarity is an important aspect of the struggle for socialism in Ireland. Through this work our International department has endeavored to rebuild old friendships and to find new allies as we try to get support for our struggle but also give support and solidarity to others around the world who find themselves fighting against oppression and injustice.

During this Easter we would like to extend solidarity and revolutionary greetings to our comrades in Catalonia as they demand independence from Spain. They have fought a long and hard fight over the decades and if they can achieve victory this it will bode well for their neighbours in the Basque country. ETA has very recently volunarily disarmed in an attempt to further their cause through politically peaceful activities. It’s been reported that the Spanish government has not reacted in a positive manner to this brave move. History has shown that the Spanish will not come easily to a political solution that gives autonomy to either the Basques or the Catalans and we urge our comrades to exercise caution and to stay resolute when dealing with the intransigence of Madrid. Like here, too many sacrifices have been made and too many imprisoned and too many families broken up over a long period of time for these initiatives not to produce positive political results for our comrades in the Basque country.

Given our experience of the pacification process here in Ireland we would caution. We would demand that the Spanish and French Governments recipricate ETA’s initiative and repatriate Basque prisoners from both Spanish and French jails. We know from experience if you oppose the process for any reason you will be subjected to state harrassment

Since the Brexit referendum there is a growing desire from Scotland to once against vote to leave the UK. We look forward to any coming referdom in Scotland were the scots have a chance to become a free nation as we see this as a real opportunity for occupied Ireland.

This year has seen many groups fighting for to implement a better, more sustainable progressive and revolutionary future for their people. Some are simply fighting against oppression from religious fundamentalists and we will continue to offer support to all these goups.

The Kurds, Palestinians, Syrians, Yemenis, the Free Papua Movement  to name but a few as we see the interests of the USA and backed by the worlds capitalists rain their bombs in civilian targets and hospitals inbuilt up areas but never the oil or the gas depots.

Comrades as neo liberal agenda ramps up we must be ready to stand by our comrades

We from this platform must send the messge out loud and clear

You have our support and our solidarity

Saoirse go deo


Vote For Scottish Independence but….

Posted in James Connolly, John Maclean, Scottish Indepence on August 30, 2014 by The Plough & The Stars


All freedom-loving people should welcome the prospect of Scottish independence and vote ‘yes’ in the forthcoming referendum.  Scotland, like Ireland, has suffered gravely from imperialism. Scotland’s resources, industry and legislature should rightly be wrested from British imperialist interests and placed under the control of the Scottish working-class and reparations be made by England for hundreds of years of imperialist rule.  However, no-one should be under any illusions that a popular vote will achieve this or that an independent Scottish  legislature, even if they were willing, could achieve this.

Lessons of what a nations ‘independence’ may, and more importantly, may not mean can be learned from the constant betrayal of the Irish working-class by the national bourgeoisie.  If an independent Scotland remains a neo-colony or at best becomes another Gombeen nation such as that administered by Leinster House in the Irish 26 counties, then there will be no real economic freedom for the Scottish proletariat.  By applying, in the Scottish context, the Cowgate’s most famous son, James Connolly’s quote on the limitations of Irish national liberation without the economic liberation of it’s working class, one can grasp the limitations of a ‘independent’ capitalist Scotland:

“If you remove the English army tomorrow and hoist the Saltire over Edinburgh Castle, unless you set about the organization of the Socialist Republic your efforts would be in vain. England would still rule you. She would rule you through her capitalists, through her landlords, through her financiers, through the whole array of commercial and individualist institutions she has planted in this country and watered with the tears of our mothers and the blood of our martyrs.”

Needless to say, bitter experience has shown us that there is no parliamentary path to a Scottish or Irish Socialist Republic, and real economic freedom can never be won via the chambers of bourgeois legislatures, whether it be Leinster House, Stormont or Holyrood.

These ideas were echoed by another of Scotland’s most eminent Republican Socialists, John Maclean;

“I hold that the British empire is the greatest menace to the human race… The best interest of humanity can therefore be served by the break-up of the British empire. The Irish, the Indians and others are playing their part. Why ought no the Scottish?” (‘The Irish Tragedy: Up Scottish Revolutionists’ by John Maclean)

“The greatest “crime” I have committed in the eyes of the British Government and the Scottish capitalist class has been the teaching of Marxian economics to Scottish workers.” (Independence in Working Class Education)

Vote Yes But Begin the Building of a Scottish Workers’ Republic!

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