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The International Affairs section of the Seven Signatories Manifesto will be launched at the Irish Anti-Imperialist Forum 2013 in Belfast on Thursday, June 13 at 7.30pm.
Speakers: Damian White, Ard Mhacha, Seán Ó Dúbhlain, Iar Mhí, and Fergal Moore, Mhuineacháin. Chair: Sinn Féin Poblachtach Vice President Cáit Trainor, Ard Mhacha.
To subvert the tyranny of our execrable government, to break the connection with England, the never-failing source of all our political evils and to assert the independence of my country - these were my objectives. To unite the whole people of Ireland, to abolish the memory of all past dissensions, and to substitute the common name of Irishman in place of the denominations of Protestant, Catholic and Dissenter - these were my means.”
This fundamental of Irish republicanism can be traced back to the leader of the Society of the United Irishmen and victim of the 1798 Rising, Theobald Wolfe Tone. He declared this position when stating his objectives and this philosophy was further defined in terms of modern Irish republicanism in the 1916 Proclamation of Independence when it rightly declared “We declare the right of the people of Ireland to the ownership of Ireland, and to the unfettered control of Irish destinies, to be sovereign and indefeasible.”
In the course of recent weeks the English media was filled with reports from MI5 and the English government warning of republican and nationalist threats against the G8 summit to be held in County Fermanagh in June 2013.
On March 23 the Herald Scotland warned of “militant anti-capitalist threat to G8 summit”. Three days before UTV informed that “G8 security briefed on nationalist threat” and the Guardian quoted RUC sources that they plan to use drones to observe protesters during the G8 summit. Moreover in late February the Nolan Show on Radio Ulster discussed the potential threats to the G8 summit.
It comes as no surprise that the English government and the occupation forces in the 6 Counties fear militant and large-scale protests form nationalists, republicans and anti-capitalist protesters. The economic crisis turned into a crisis of the capitalist system. The ordinary people, the working class, the small farmers, all those who suffer most are forced to pay for the failed corrupt system of WTO and EU. It has happened in Ireland, in Spain, Portugal and Greece. Cyprus is just the most recent example and if we don’t organize ourselves it won’t be the last.
Indeed what the world leaders and the English forces of occupation need to fear most is a real political alternative to the system of occupation and exploitation. Republican Sinn Féin seeks to provide such an alternative to the people of Ireland. Our political and economic programs ÉIRE NUA and SAOL NUA provide a real alternative. They are the framework on which a truly democratic, independent, united and federal Ireland can be build.
The launch of the Seven Signatories Manifesto is just another essential step to develop a political alternative for the people. A first leaflet has been launched at Easter and further material will be launched at the Irish Anti-imperialist Forum 2013 in Belfast. The IAF will be held from Thursday, June 13, to June 15. It will be three days of discussion and exchange of experience with international comrades, political activists and republicans from all over Ireland.
By organizing the Irish Anti-imperialist Forum 2013 Republican Sinn Féin want to provide a political alternative to the G8 summit and the corrupt system of the superpowers. Only such a political alternative provides the foundation to win the hearts and minds of the Irish people. On this foundation we will build a New Ireland.
Let’s build a political alternative to the G8! Join the Irish Anti-imperialist Forum 2013!
IN A statement on March 1 the President of Republican Sinn Féin Des Dalton said:
“In Western Europe Ireland is one of the few countries to suffer the effects of both the old and new imperialisms. In the Six Counties an abnormal and undemocratic statelet continues to deny even the most basic of civil and political rights to those who even voice support for the right of Ireland to national independence whereas in the 26 Counties the new economic political and imperialism of the troika of the EU/ECB/IMF is engaging in a wholesale attack on the Irish people in order to bailout the discredited and failed EU project.
“That is why the decision of the British Government to bring the G8 Summit to Fermanagh, in British-Occupied Ireland, provides an opportunity to draw international attention to the role played by the two imperialisms in Ireland.”
“On June 14 and 15 Republican Sinn Féin are holding an Irish Anti-Imperialist Forum as an Irish Republican Alternative to the G8 in Belfast. The forum will be a platform for discussion and debate for anti-imperialist activists from Ireland and abroad to discuss alternatives to the imperialist world order as represented by the G8 group of states.
“Delegates from abroad will provide an international perspective and allow Ireland’s struggle against twin imperialisms to be viewed in its international context.
“Imperialism is trans-global so consequently it is important that progressive and anti-imperialist forces have a strong international dimension also. In Ireland we must consider the political, social and economic effects of imperialism and how we fight back.
“This involves considering every aspect, from building a radical and effective trade union movement to harnessing the energy of the many community activist groups and organisations in support of building a New Ireland based on the principle of the 1916 Proclamation.
“If the words of the Proclamation: ‘We declare the right of the people of Ireland to the ownership of Ireland’ are to mean anything that New Ireland must be a true political, social and economic democracy.
“The issues facing Ireland today are many and varied from control of our resources, the attacks on the health, education and ability to care for our people must be resisted if future generations are not to be condemned to live with the dark legacy of the EU/ECB.IMF troika. The Stormont and Leinster House political class have betrayed the interests of the Irish people to Westminster and Brussels respectively.
“We are calling on those interested in contributing to the debate on a New Ireland to join us in Belfast on June 14 and 15 and begin the process of building a network of solidarity among all peoples striving a New Ireland and a better world.
“Culminating with the annual Wolfe Tone commemoration in Bodenstown on June 16 it will be truly a weekend suffused with the spirit of anti-imperialism.”
Republican Sinn Féin will be holding an Irish Anti-Imperialist Forum as a counter to the G8 Summit in June. The Anti-Imperialist Forum/Republican Alternative to the G8 will take place in Belfast on June 14 and 15. The forum will discuss all aspects of imperialism both in terms of British imperialism in Ireland as well as the new imperialism of the EU, ECB and IMF as experienced by the people of the 26 Counties. Delegates from international anti-imperialist organisations will provide a world perspective.
It is intended as a forum for political and community activists from throughout Ireland and abroad to discuss the various political, social and economic aspects of imperialism from both an Irish as well as an international perspective. Such a debate can be used to chart a way forward towards building an Irish and international alternative to the neo-liberal political and economic policies of the G8 and other trans global imperialist organisations.
More details of the Anti-Imperialist forum will be released over the coming weeks.