The Ulster Citizen Army and other groups… September 19, 2013Posted by WorldbyStorm in Northern Ireland, The Left.
Hat tip to workers republic for mentioning an organisation I’d never previously heard of, the Ulster Citizen Army, apparently a loyalist paramilitary organisation which had links with the Official IRA and possibly other left wing groups. It is mentioned here as follows:
The UCA was a very small splinter group of the UDA which was formed in 1973. The group left in opposition to the overtly right-wing stance taken by the UDA leadership. The groups logo showed the Red Hand of Ulster and the Starry plough (often associated with the INLA). The UCA also heavily opposed the sectarianism of both the UDA and UVF. In a statement in1973 it stated that “we cannot stand idly by while the Catholic working class are slaughtered without cause”. The group also distributed pamphlets which included the names and addresses of UDA members who it alleged were involved in sectarian murders. The group is also believed to have had close links with the OIRA and the Communist Party of Ireland. In 1973 the UCA declared war on the British Army. Two of the founders of the group were shot dead by rival loyalists groups in 1973 and it subsequently faded from existence.
Is this accurate and what is the history of this group – does anyone know? The detail about the logo seems highly implausible, but then again.
The site has a good overview of the various formations former and extant that operated on the island, but I can think of at least one which isn’t covered (a nascent self-defence force centred on PD). Any others that have been missed? Some of those obviously were very small, it’s hard to believe that the UCA was ever more than an handful of people. And many appear to be localised in the sense of being small groups of people who took on a name in an area but had no real ambitions above and beyond that.
Indeed what’s striking is how few big battalions there actually were. Though the other way of looking at it is how many smaller groups existed.
I’ve read a fair bit about the Basque nationalist movements but I’ve never seen a diagram of the family tree(s) involved there. I wonder is it analogous at all – taking into account the differences in the context.