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Hunger Strikers’ memory desecrated

11 August, 2009

Over the weekend, anti-republican elements in Lurgan and the central area of Craigavon sullied the memory of the hunger-strikers by ripping apart boards containing their images and the image of the Irish national flag.

The same elements, who describe themselves as dissidents, further exposed their anti-republican agenda by burning posters of the Sinn Féin MEP Bairbre de Brún on top of a bonfire.

The chair of Upper Bann Sinn Féin Cllr Johnny McGibbon commenting on the weekend's vandalism said:

"Those who desecrated these images have insulted the memory of the hunger strikers. Their behaviour, like that of those who burnt posters of Sinn Féin's MEP Bairbre de Brún on a bonfire, are actions we have come to expect from extreme loyalism, not from individuals within a nationalist community. By their actions, they have exposed their true agenda. Their only rationale for existing is the same as that of the Securocrats and of the extreme unionist TUV party, the destruction of the peace-process and the re-instatement of direct British rule."

The Loughside Councillor expressed criticism of those who vandalised the posters saying:

"The events due to take place over the next weekend in Dungannon and culminating in a procession through the village of Galbally on Sunday the 16th at 3.30pm are part of a national commemoration. They are open to everyone who wants to commemorate the sacrifice of the hunger strikers and gain a better understanding of the role that hunger strikes have played in Irish politics over the last century." ENDS

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