Friday, August 6, 2010

éirígí to Reclaim the Black Mountain

éirígí general secretary Breandán MacCionnaith has called on people to attend tomorrow's demonstration on Belfast's Black Mountain.

The British Ministry of Defence maintains a ‘communications post’ on the mountain.  When éirígí protested at the post earlier this year, the PSNI launched a massive operation, detaining mountain walkers and peaceful
protestors alike under legislation that was illegal under EU law.

MacCionnaith said: “The Black Mountain is a piece of natural heritage that should be a resource for all the people of Belfast – not the British Ministry of Defence.

“To highlight this point, éirígí will be leading a walk to the British post tomorrow.  We are encouraging  everyone, young and old, who uses the Black Mountain to join us on the walk.”

MacCionnaith continued: “The British military’s involvement in Ireland continues to be highly disruptive and deeply abnormal.  Two weeks ago, it was revealed that an area of road in south Down was being closed to the public under the orders of the British secretary of state.

“Whether it be the abuse of our areas of natural heritage, the closure of our roads or the invasion of our airspace, the British military’s presence in Ireland is totally unacceptable and needs to be actively challenged.

“éirígí’s Black Mountain demonstration is the latest initiative in our Campaign for a British Withdrawal, we are encouraging as many people as possible to join us in this endeavour.  The message needs to go out that the British army must get off the Black Mountain.”

éirígí’s Reclaim the Black Mountain demonstration will assemble at the Divis Hills car park, Hannahstown Road, Belfast at 3pm on Saturday, August 7.

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