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IAF - Irish Anti-imperialist Forum - Launch of the International Affairs section of the Seven Signatories Manifesto

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Launch of the International Affairs section of the Seven Signatories Manifesto

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.” 

 

These fundamentals of our republican heritage run deep in our outlook as revolutionary republicans and indeed we view the right of all people within their respective nations to the sovereign governance of their nation.  This internationalism has been a hall mark of revolutionary republicanism from the very beginning.  Not because Ireland cannot alone defeat the enemies it faces with the strength of its own arms but because republicanism has always been about humanity and defeating the oppressor, it is natural and only sincere to support the oppressed of a foreign land as oft times the oppressor is a common enemy.  General Lazare Hoche of the Revolutionary French Army declared “We present ourselves as sincere friends to all who will embrace the cause of liberty and we thirst after nothing but breaking your fetters and chastising your tyrants.”  Indeed the strongest of solidarity was shown when General Jean Joseph Humbert brandished his sword and gave the order Ós Gaeilge, “Éirinn go Brách” as the drums sounded “pas de charge” before combined revolutionary Irish and French forces drove the English out of Castelbar, Co. Mayo in 1798.

So throughout the ages the connection between progressive anti-imperial forces has always been there and always intertwined for the common good of a mutual cause of “Liberty, Equality and Fraternity”.  But the methods colonialism used to rule and ruin small nations have changed and republicans must be prepared to devise ways of challenging that change effectively or else face certain defeat.  In 2009 the then President and current Patron of Sinn Féin Poblachtach Ruairí Ó Brádaigh stated “There has been a multiplicity of change and a lot of it has been in the anti-colonial struggle, it is surely for the benefit of mankind generally that this has happened and the important thing is that as imperialism changes its methods that this change is analysed and that means are devised to counter such change by those who seek to dominate others for their own private profit.”

Sinn Féin Poblachtach believes that all small nations have a right to be free.  That nation’s have a right to co-exist without one dominating over the affairs and bullying into submission the other for the sake of selfish, strategic or economic interests. 

Taking on board current the circumstances in our society, the general lack of real political awareness and discussion among the population and the encroaching centenary of the 1916 Rising and all the pro-imperial mass media misrepresentation connected to it, Republican Sinn Féin seizing the opportunity and determined to get the real alternative to the people, Éire Nua and Saol Nua, launched the over the Easter period of 2013 the Seven Signatories Manifesto

Overall the manifesto will consist of eight publications; the first was a breakdown of the seven areas to come and was launched at Easter.  The first area of policy then that we shall cover in more detail is the International Affairs Policy of Sinn Féin Poblachtach.  The reasoning behind this and the timing of this launch is to co-inside with the Irish Anti-Imperialist Forum to be held in Belfast on June 14 and 15.  This policy will set out the position of Republican Sinn Féin in lay-mans terms on each of the following areas;

-       Internationalist and Anti-Imperialist

-       We would withdraw from the European Union

-       We support the creation of a Celtic League”, We support Irish neutrality regarding imperialist military alliances such as NATO and the EU battle groups

-       We support the rights of all small nations struggling against colonialism and neo-liberalism.

 “While Irish republicanism is a national liberation movement we acknowledge our place in history.  Only the united and international struggle, hand-in-hand with our international comrades will ultimately defeat imperialism.  Together we can and will defeat imperialism.”

We call on all opposed to the current curse of capitalist policy and imperialist domination in Ireland to support the Irish Anti-Imperialist Forum and to make their voices heard in a militant fashion in Fermanagh to let the world know that the people of Ireland are opposed to the war crimes committed by the imperial elite that will gather in luxury at Lough Erne on the 17 and 18 of June.  We must let the world know the Irish too are still victims of imperialism and are struggling in their own fight for freedom, true peace and justice and we put forward an opportunity for struggling people worldwide to build a network of solidarity in opposing imperialism.