Father Raymond Murray a well-known crusader for human rights in Occupied Ireland and Chairperson of Relations for Justice, in a book called “State Violence,” chronicled the abuse by the Occupying British of emergency laws in Ireland which continue to this day, with harassment and intimidation of civilians; injuries caused by plastic bullets; collusion between British forces and their created loyalist death squads by British intelligence. Assassinations, killings and murders by the British and their mentored forces, torture, excessive punishments and degrading strip-searching with hand rape in their prisons. Political internment without proper trial and rampant abuse ignored by all despite a much touted peace process, except a handful of individuals and civil rights organisations.
Father Murray wrote, “I experienced the blatant cover-up of this illegal and immoral behaviour. Directly and indirectly the army, police, doctors, civil administration and government were involved in this criminal action.” This continues today aided and abetted at the highest level, including Martin McGuinness the deputy first minister who administers British Occupation. McGuinness has advised the British, that Irish political prisoners of conscience are the soft underbelly of Irish resistance to British Occupation. His ignorance may be forgiven on the basis of his butcher boy background but as a leadership pretender, he would do well to acquaint himself with genuine former Irish statesmen, like Padraig Pearse who referred to “The Spiritual Nation” in the following manner;
“But the soul of the enslaved and broken nation may conceivably be a more splendid thing than the soul of the great free nation; and that is one reason why the enslavements of old and glorious nations, that have taken place so often in history, are the most terrible things that have ever happened in the world.”
Father Raymond himself further wrote, “There are two kinds of histories, one fact and one semi-fiction. This is the conclusion of my experience in working for human rights. The history put out by the ruling class borders on fiction. Their official communiqués are published first and grab the headlines. They hold attention while a crisis lasts. It is an attempt to legitimise illegal actions by which they maintain their power over the powerless and the poor. It is tyranny’s deceit.”
Arthur O’Connor another honourable statesman, addressing the Irish Nation more than 200 years ago, described administrators like the the British puppet McGuinness in the following manner;
“But, why should I waste time in proving that government, in the hands of Irish administration, has been a system for supporting the few in oppressing the many, instead of yielding impartial protection? Has it not been by sowing, maintaining and fomenting division, that Irish administrations have governed Ireland? Look to the continuation of civil discord, of plunder and bloodshed, which has infested our island, since the Welch landed in 1165, to this instant, that these hell-hounds intituled Ancient Britons are butchering our disarmed people. Look in this century to the writings of wretchedness, of misery, of want and oppression, under the different shapes of White-boys, Right-boys, Hearts-of-oak men, Peep-o-day boys, and Steel-men. Yet where is there an instance on record, in which the Government or Legislature in Ireland have inquired into the causes of their constant unerring marks of oppression? No! A system of smothered war between the oppressors and the oppressed, could not bear inquiry, for it would bear redress. Redress means restoration of plunder and restoration of rights. Therefore sanguinary laws and military outrage, whose expences are endless, have been substituted for justice, whose experiences are nothing.”
Neither would Father Raymond a tireless worker for social justice, be regarded as an Irish republican or British by those who knew him well but for those who pay lip service and make political capital out of a so called “peace process” without justice, they would do well to pay heed to this lifetime campaigner for justice and peace, when he again wrote;
“Reconciliation involves the work of justice, of restoring to the other person what you have taken from him and paying for the injury done him, with a determination that that will not occur again. It involves giving back to people their dignity, self-respect, freedom, human rights, the right to worship and educate their children in their faith, to receive back the place that has been taken and the community/country that has been confiscated and oppressed.”
This author would strongly disagree with the the politics of Gerry McGeogh, one of Occupied Ireland’s most recent political internees, but without any shadow of doubt, regard him like Father Murray, as a very spiritual man of unique integrity. He has had two heart attacks and is currently in very bad health, deprived of medication. Just after his recent internment, Gerry called to advise that during the previous night’s physically enforced lockdown, several political prisoners wound up with broken arms, legs and noses, beat down by 50 prison guards with dogs, in full riot gear, masks, with batons calling the prisoner’s “Fenian bastards” describing the situation as really bad at Maghaberry. Gerry is not a member of any organization but the political prisoners have welcomed Gerry as a ‘guest’ on the republican wing and have advised him not to take part in their struggle for health reasons. Since the’ dirty protest’ by more than a dozen prisoners, Gerry’s cell is still full of shit and urine. The prison regime are planning to continue this brutal 23-24 lockup every day and night.
This describtion corresponds with the widespread brutality and inhuman treatment of political prisoners in the H Blocks, Long Kesh that included Bobby SandsBobby Sands and others as young as sixteen, immortalized in the words of the late Cardinal Tomas O Fiach, who described conditions like those in Maghaberry today, as akin “to the hell holes of Calcutta”, which ended with the deaths of ten young men on hunger strike. Those very few campaigners who are attempting to prevent a re-occurrence of this horrific tragedy again, are being censored by the British and their collaborators. They ask you to share articles like this, which highlight injustices in occupied Ireland, with your friends by email, facebook or twitter, in the face of rampant censorship by intranets of British compliant states worldwide, as part of the cover-up of British barbarity.
BrianClarkenuj is based in Bangkok, Krung Thep, Thailand, and is Reporter for Allvoices
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