Unity Amongst the Dissidents? July 26, 2012Posted by Garibaldy in Northern Ireland.
The Guardian reports a statement claiming that three out of the four main dissident Provisional-DNA paramilitary groups have united under a single leadership and struggle. The groups are the Real IRA, RAAD (which shoots alleged drug dealers in the north west but recently throw a bomb at the cops during a police operation in Derry and threatened to do so again) and the coalition of smaller groups often referred to in the media and on the walls of Belfast and elsewhere as ONH. The Continutity IRA(s) are seemingly absent from this coalition. Apparently the group aims to annex the title “IRA” to itself, and refers to itself as such in the statement. I’ve collected some of the bits from the statement itself from the Guardian article below
The new group said: “In recent years the establishment of a free and independent Ireland has suffered setbacks due to the failure among the leadership of Irish nationalism and fractures within republicanism”.
“The Irish people have been sold a phoney peace, rubber-stamped by a token legislature in Stormont.”
It demanded “an internationally observed timescale that details the dismantling of British political interference in our country”.
“Non-conformist republicans are being subjected to harassment, arrest and violence by the forces of the British crown; others have been interned on the direction of an English overlord. It is Britain, not the IRA, which has chosen provocation and conflict.”
Did we enter a timewarp? It’s astounding that these people still don’t seem to get the role of 1 million-odd unionists in all this, never mind the fact that there is no support for what they call the “necessity of armed struggle in pursuit of Irish freedom”. Then again, given some recent reports about the shooting of a member of the 32-County Sovereignty Committee, we might take all this with a pinch of salt.