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6741IRSCNA Easter Commemoration Statement 2013

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  • Danielle Ni Dhighe
    Mar 31 3:23 AM
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      31 March 2013
      Irish Republican Socialist Committees of North America

      Easter Commemoration Statement 2013

      [Statement read at the Irish Republican Socialist Movement's National
      1916 Easter Rising Commemoration in Belfast]

      Comrades, at this Eastertime, the Irish Republican Socialist
      Committees of North America send solidarity greetings to our comrades
      and fellow members of the Irish Republican Socialist Movement in the
      Irish Republican Socialist Party, Irish National Liberation Army,
      Republican Socialist Youth Movement, and Teach na Failte. We are
      particularly mindful of our imprisoned comrades in Portlaoise Prison.

      On this day, the 97th anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising, we
      remember with pride all those who have given their lives for an Irish
      Workers' Republic. We pay homage to the brave volunteers and
      activists of the INLA and IRSP who made the ultimate sacrifice.

      At this time, the IRSCNA would like to highlight the ongoing illegal
      interment of Irish Republicans: Marian Price, who has been held for
      over 680 days and is in deteriorating health; Martin Corey, who has
      been in custody for over 1,000 days without trial and without a
      reason given for his arrest; and Stephen Murney, who has been held
      since November on trumped up charges. Who knows who could be targeted
      next. This is the reality for Republicans 15 years after the signing
      of the Good Friday Agreement.

      This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Dublin Lock-out of 1913,
      when 20,000 workers were locked out by 300 employers over the issue
      of the right of workers to organize in unions. In the century that
      has since passed, the Irish working class is no closer to enjoying
      true freedom. As long as capitalism and British imperialism exist on
      the island of Ireland, the Irish working class shall be in chains. We
      in the IRSM, the true inheritors of the ideals of James Connolly,
      rightfully recognize that national liberation is not enough. We need
      to achieve class emancipation, both in Ireland and internationally.

      As Connolly himself said: "If you remove the English army tomorrow
      and hoist the green flag over Dublin Castle, unless you set about the
      organization of the Socialist Republic your efforts would be in vain.
      England would still rule you. She would rule you through her
      capitalists, through her landlords, through her financiers, through
      the whole array of commercial and individualist institutions she has
      planted in this country and watered with the tears of our mothers and
      the blood of our martyrs."

      As this Easter dawns, we stand in the proud tradition of generations
      of Irish revolutionaries, struggling to liberate the working class
      from the shackles of capitalism and imperialism.

      Onward to victory, comrades! Our only allegiance is to the working


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