Joined up thinking for the Irish Left
Principles for a Left Alternative Thu May 28, 2015 11:59 | Brendan Young
Tom Redmond Thu May 21, 2015 13:06 | Communist Party of Ireland
Did New Labour Spend Too Much? Tue May 19, 2015 14:00 | Michael Burke
Drawing Lessons from the Public Sector Pay Talks Mon May 18, 2015 13:33 | Michael Taft
May issue of Socialist Voice is Out Now! Thu May 14, 2015 13:56 | Communist Party of Ireland
Irish Left Review >>
Some Various Tidbits on #GE2015 Fri May 08, 2015 01:49 | Jerome Nikolai Warren
Americaâ€™s Palestinians: Lessons from The American Indian Experience for Israel... Sun Mar 29, 2015 20:00 | Jerome Nikolai Warren
Spain is not Greece, or is it? Electoral prospects for the left in 2015. Thu Feb 05, 2015 19:00 | modulus
SYRIZA and Memnosyne Sat Jan 24, 2015 09:09 | CornetJoyce
Why the Workersâ€™ Party Wed Jan 21, 2015 20:08 | Gavin Mendel-Gleason
Spirit of Contradiction >>
Life should be full of strangeness, like a rich painting
THE WRATH OF KANE: BANKING CRISES AND POLITICAL POWER 09:32 Fri Jan 30, 2015
ALWAYS THE ARTISTS: WEEK THREE OF THE BANK INQUIRY 23:11 Thu Jan 22, 2015
FIANNA FÁIL AND THE BANK INQUIRY : SOME INITIAL OBSERVATIONS 21:04 Mon Jan 12, 2015
PETER NYBERG BANK INQUIRY EVIDENCE, 17 DECEMBER 2014 18:05 Sun Dec 28, 2014
For Some Vicious Mole of Nature: Making Sense of The Irish Bank Crisis 21:07 Fri Dec 26, 2014
Dublin Opinion >>
Farewell from NWL Sun May 19, 2013 14:00 | namawinelake
Happy 70th Birthday, Michael Sun May 19, 2013 14:00 | namawinelake
Of the Week? Sat May 18, 2013 00:02 | namawinelake
Noonan denies IBRC legal fees loan approval to Paddy McKillen was in breach of E... Fri May 17, 2013 14:23 | namawinelake
Gayle Killilea Dunne asks to be added as notice party in Sean Dunne?s bankruptcy Fri May 17, 2013 12:30 | namawinelake
NAMA Wine Lake >>
National - Event Notice
Saturday January 26 2013
Release Stephen Murney Now !
rights, freedoms and repression |
Wednesday January 16, 2013 23:14 by éirígí PRO - éirígí
Release Stephen Murney Now ! ,
2pm, Saturday, January 26th
End Political Policing Now!
All Welcome. Bígí Linn.
On Saturday, December 1st, 2012, Stephen Murney, a political activist from Newry, appeared in court on a number of spurious charges including the 'possession of items likely to be of use to terrorists' and the 'collecting and distributing of information likely to be of use to terrorists'. The 'evidence' produced by the PSNI in support of these charges would be laughable if the situation were not so serious.
In support of the charge of 'possession of items likely to be of use to terrorists' the PSNI cited two 'air guns' as well as jumpers, berets and trousers that were found in Stephen's house. The fact that the 'air guns' were harmless, legal toys made no difference to Britain's political police. And nor did the fact that the items of clothing were clearly part of the uniform of Stephen's old flute band.
In support of the charge of 'collecting and distributing information likely to be of use to terrorists' the PSNI cited images of the police recovered from Stephen's computer. So what were these images and where did they come from? Like any political activist, or indeed student of history, Stephen has used internet search engines to find out more about key events of the last forty years. As a result his computer contains photos relating to the civil rights movement, Bloody Sunday, the 1981 Hunger Strike and other events right up to the present day - photos which by their very nature contain images of both the RUC and PSNI.
In addition to these internet-sourced photos Stephen also had a number of photos of PSNI members taken in more recent times in the Newry area. All of these photos were taken in full view of the PSNI when they were in uniform and on duty at commemorations, protests and other political events. Because Stephen chose to post these images on Facebook and other social media platforms he now stands accused of 'distributing' information likely to be of use to 'terrorists'. All across the world political activists are routinely advised by legal and civil rights experts to document the behaviour of the police at these type of political events. When they do so in Syria and Libya they are deemed to be heroes; when they do so in Ireland they are hauled before the courts.
On Friday, December 21st, Stephen applied for bail in the Belfast High Court. While he was granted bail, the terms that were attached to it were too onerous for Stephen to accept. These terms included a ban on Stephen entering not only his own home, but the entire city of Newry; the constant wearing of an electronic tag; a night time curfew and daily signing-on at Newtonhamilton PSNI barracks. For taking this principled stand against state oppression Stephen spend his Christmas in Maghaberry Jail and is now facing up to two years imprisonment before trial. Were Stephen to be convicted of the charges against him he may face many more years of incarceration.
Whether you agree with Stephen's politics (he is a member of éirígí) or not, is irrelevant. It is abundantly clear that Stephen Murney is the victim of political policing in the Six Counties. He is in Maghaberry Jail because he has been a consistent and vocal opponent of the PSNI and the Stormont administration. If the British state can imprison one person on the basis of the 'evidence' produced against Stephen, they can imprison us all. Support the call for Stephen's release and join the protest at the G.P.O in Dublin at 2pm on Saturday, January 26th. All welcome. Bígí linn. Please forward this to others who may be interested.