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Press Release • 18 February 2006


At a rally held on Saturday in Dungiven, Co. Derry, in support of the five demands of the Republican POWs on protest in Maghaberry Gaol, both the Provos and the RUC were observed filming and photographing the proceedings. The rally had been arranged by the Republican Prisoners' Action Group, and called for full political status for the Republican prisoners. This had been signed away under the terms of the 1998 Stormont Agreement.

A white-line picket was held on the Main Street in Dungiven, and received a great response from passing motorists. However people inside the Provos' office on the Main Street were seen taking photos and videos of the protesters. The RUC soon arrived on the scene and took over this duty.

Following the picket, a rally was held. Richard Walsh, Derry, chaired the proceedings. He reminded those present that the Republican POWs had been on protest since the 19th June against the appalling conditions in which they are held. Mr. Walsh also informed those present that “traitors in a certain office across the street are taking photographs of us, but they needn't have bothered as their handlers are present to do this job for them.” He then introduced Tony McPhillips, Co. Fermanagh, who stated that March 7th provided an opportunity to reject the RUC and British Crown Forces, and to stand by the All-Ireland Republic.

Michael McGonigle, Dungiven – the Republican Sinn Féin candidate for East Derry, who had previously served on Limavady District Council – told those present that a No. 1 vote for him would be a vote against the Crown Forces, and a vote against English rule in Ireland. He added that he was the only abstentionist Sinn Féin candidate standing in East Derry.

The Republican Prisoners' Action Group endorses the campaigns of all six Republican Sinn Féin candidates (standing in East Derry; Mid-Ulster; Fermanagh/South Tyrone; West Tyrone; West Belfast and Upper Bann) in the forthcoming Assembly election, and also the other two abstentionist and anti-Stormont Agreement candidates in Foyle and South Down.

We also call on the Provos to publicly comment on the actions of their friends – both inside the Provo office and the RUC Barracks.


Michael McManus addressed a meeting of election workers in Lisnaskea last Wednesday night during which he outlined the reasons for this electoral intervention by Republican Sinn Féin.

He said:

"We are in this contest in order to give the Republican people of Fermanagh/South Tyrone the opportunity to vote as they have done in the past for an abstentionist Sinn Féin candidate. It is 25 years ago since the people of this constituency had the opportunity to vote for a Republican Sinn Féin candidate in a Stormont election. We today carry the same message of that time, and it is that Stormont has no role to play in ending British rule in our country.

Those who shamefully use the honorable name of Sinn Féin now to ask you to become collaborators in that rule have no right to call themselves Republicans. They now ask you to not alone support them in imposing British rule from Stormont, but they now want you to support the RUC - an armed wing of the Crown Forces.

I say to you tonight that Republicans will never ask our people to become collaborators, touts and informers for the Crown Forces. The Provisional Movement can keep their Scappaticcis and their Donaldsons and all those other Crown agents within their organisation, but dont expect true Republicans to bend the knee to the enemy.

I appeal to the Republican people of this historic constituency to reject British rule, reject the RUC and send a clear message to the Crown that we will neither be bought nor broken. Vote for Republican Sinn Féin on March 07th, Vote McManus No. 1".

Michael McManus will address a number of meeting this week throughout the constituency and anyone willing to assist in the campaign is asked to attend these or to contact his election team on 0035387 7658299.
















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