Éirígí member and activist Stephen Murney is being held in prison over very serious crimes. An air gun was found at his home, along with photo's of the Hunger Strikers of 1981, pictures of police - in uniform - at protests and a few other nefarious acts of barbarity.
But in all seriousness, his arrest is another example of the egregious actions of the 6 county police and the farce that the Good Friday Agreement has moved the 6 county state on from the days of bad policing, poverty and more. Verily, a reason put forward by Brian Leeson for Murney's detention is because of his criticism of the 6 county police, the rates of unemployment, poverty and more:
Free Stephen Murney Protests for Dublin and Belfast | irg: For A Socialist RepublicCathaoirleach éirígí Brian Leeson has revealed that the socialist republican party is set to intensify its campaign for the release of imprisoned party activist Stephen Murney. He has also confirmed the details of upcoming protests in Dublin and Belfast.
The first ‘Free Stephen Murney’ protest will take place at 2pm, on Saturday 26th January at the GPO, on O’Connell Street in Dublin. This will be followed by a protest in Belfast, which will take place at 1pm on February 9th at the International Wall on the Falls Road.
Speaking from Dublin, Leeson said, “The so called evidence that has been produced by the PSNI against Stephen Murney is nothing short of a farce, but under British law it is sufficient to hold him in custody for up to two years. Like a growing number of others, who have also been effectively interned, Stephen’s case highlights the ongoing nature of British injustice in Ireland.
“Since being founded in 2006, éirígí has been to the fore in challenging the British occupation of Ireland and the socio-economic system which exists on both sides of the border. Our party has consistently highlighted both the harassment of republicans by British forces and the torture of republican prisoners in Maghaberry.
“This work has brought our party members and supporters into direct conflict with the British state. Stephen Murney has proven himself to be an articulate and consistent critic of the PSNI and the Stormont regime, and for this he has been imprisoned.”
Leeson concluded by saying, “Following on from the recent successful white line picket in Newry, éirígí will now be stepping up our campaign for the release of Stephen Murney. Leaflet drops, letter-writing campaigns and street protests are already underway. éirígí is asking all of those who are opposed to the de facto reintroduction of internment in the Six Counties to get involved in the campaign and join with us in demanding Stephen Murney’s immediate release.”
He was offered bail, but at a great cost. For example, he would have had to sign on in a police station everyday, wear an electric tag, as well as being barred from the city of Newry and not allowed engage in politics.
Will the callers to freedom be at the GPO on Saturday at 2 pm? Most likely, no, they won't. They will see owning a uniform of a republican flute band you were in as a kid, toy air guns and pictures of political protests as good enough evidence to lock up anyone, especially if they're republican and especially if they're living in the North. Sure, if we go by that logic, anyone who praises Padraig Pearse should be locked up because he said 'Ireland unfree shall never be at peace' and they do reenactments of his famous speech at Glasnevin regularly. Maybe the 26 county government should start rounding up tour guides for promoting dead republicans that could be used by terrorists?
An egalitarian poster on here with a pathological hatred of éirígí once said he did not mind what they do, as long as it is peaceful. Murney's protests have been peaceful and the evidence against him is a charade and an injustice to any political activity in the new and reformed 6 county state. Sadly, we won't hear anything from these people, except that éirígí is a party filled with criminals, etc, etc, etc. Even if it were the case, this arrest of Murney is still wrong and should be condemned by all and his release should be demanded immediately.