Friday, May 6, 2011

éirígí outline plans for Irish Freedom Camp & Dublin Castle Protest March during Windsor Visit

The socialist republican party éirígí have revealed further details of their planned protests against the upcoming Elizabeth Windsor visit later this month.

At 3pm on Sunday May 15th éirígí will establish the Irish Freedom Camp at the Garden of Remembrance on Parnell Square.  The freedom camp is being established to defend the memories of those who died in the fight for Irish freedom and the integrity of the ongoing struggle against British rule in the Six Counties.

Windsor is scheduled to visit the garden on the day of her arrival in Dublin (Tuesday May 17).  The freedom camp will remain in place from the afternoon of  May 15th until Windsor arrives on Tuesday May 17th.

The second éirígí-organised protest will take place as Windsor attends a lavish banquet in her honour in Dublin Castle on the evening of May 18th.  The March on Dublin Castle will assemble at the site of Robert Emmet’s execution, beside St Catherine’s Church on Thomas Street, at 5.30pm on Wednesday May 18th.

Cathaoirleach éirígí Brian Leeson urged as many people as possible to join the Irish Freedom Camp.

He said:  “Those planning to bring Elizabeth Windsor to the Garden of Remembrance hope it will mark the culmination of a forty year policy of ‘normalisation’ of the British occupation of Ireland.  They intend to cynically use the memories of those who have fallen fighting for freedom to betray the very dream for which they died.”

"The least we can do is defend their memories and the integrity of their cause. Their fight was for a free Ireland, all thirty-two counties of it, yet 5000 British soldiers remain stationed on Irish soil, just one hour from Dublin.”

“If Windsor succeeds in visiting the Garden of Remembrance it will mark a black day for Dublin and for Ireland.  The objective of the Irish Freedom Camp is to prevent the Windsor wreath-laying ceremony from taking place.  If sufficient numbers of people join the protest the state will be forced to cancel Windsor’s
visit to this most important of freedom monuments.  We hope that the people of Dublin’s north inner city in particular will follow in the great republican tradition of that part of Dublin and join the Irish Freedom Camp.”

In relation to the March on Dublin Castle éirígí Dublin City Councillor Louise Minihan said that the planned banquet smacked of the arrogance that defines the political establishment in the Twenty-Six County state.

She said:  ‘It is fitting that Dublin Castle is to host this night of excess.  For centuries it served as the headquarters of the British occupation, a place to be feared and loathed in equal measure.  And now in 2011 the British occupiers are to be lauded within its halls by the gombeen politicians and gangster bosses of the Twenty-Six Counties.”

‘And it is fitting too that our march on Dublin Castle will assemble at the site of Robert Emmet’s execution on Thomas Street.  The contrast between Emmet's cause and what the Windsor banquet represents could not be more extreme.”

‘We are asking the people from all across Dublin and the rest of the country to join us for the March on Dublin Castle.  For generations the ruling elite have neglected these communities and treated them like second class citizens.  Now, at the height of the worst economic crisis in generations they decide to hold the most lavish of state banquets and spend countless millions entertaining Windsor and her entourage.  And they are doing it within a stone’s throw of the very communities that are suffering the most because of the current cutbacks.  It’s time for people to get on the streets for a protest that cannot be ignored and will not be forgotten.” ENDS

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