Our friend Burkey has today been interned by the British state. After days of sensationalist media coverage and hype he is facing charges of “possession of explosives in suspicious circumstances”. With the Crown Forces launching a huge operation, in full glare of the corporate media, Burkey was filmed by the BBC being arrested. The RUC needlessly forced residents from their homes during this charade with lasted a number of days. The hype alone is enough to have you interned by remand for an unknown period of time. Demonisation and trial by media are the order for the day for republicans. Anyone who knows Burkey can attest that he is quiet and unassuming. A week before Christmas and he is facing conditions that most cant imagine, strip searches, controlled movement and numerous other forms of human rights abuse and psychological torture. All we can do is wish our friend well and hope he is soon back home where he belongs. There is little else we can do only show support and solidarity at times like this. Chin up Burkey.
With many thanks to: Stephen Murney