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IAF - Irish Anti-imperialist Forum - Irish Republican Anti-Imperialist Forum in Belfast

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Irish Republican Anti-Imperialist Forum in Belfast

Following article appeared on the frontpage of Saoirse - The Voice of the Republican Movement. June 2013.

ON June 14 and 15 Republican Sinn Féin will be hosting an Irish Republican Anti-Imperialist Forum in Belfast as part of the fight back against the forces of imperialism gathering in Fermanagh under the banner of the G8. Ireland is facing the twin threats of the old and new imperialism.

In the Six Counties the presence of the old imperialism of British occupation is visible and obvious with the use of an armed colonial police force, draconian laws, internment without trial, all tools in the armoury of the state to contain any dissent. In the 26 Counties the more subtle forces of the new political and economic imperialism are at work.

The ECB/EU and IMF Troika represent the face of an insidious imperialism, which seeks to enslave and impoverish the working people of Ireland and Europe in the interests of international finance capitalism.

The Forum in Belfast will be an opportunity for a variety of voices to be heard and strategies of resistance to be considered. Delegates representing social and political resistance groups from around the world, from the Philippines to Turkey, as well as anti-imperialist activists from Australia, Germany, France, Austria and the United States will be in attendance.

Grass roots activists from around Ireland representing groups such as Shell-to-Sea, the Peace and Neutrality Alliance, the Campaign Against Home and Water Taxes (CAHWT) will join in making the links between the fight against austerity and economic oppression in Ireland and the international fight against imperialism. Imperialism and the economic and social forces it represents are a global force so it is logical that forces of resistance to it must forge international links of solidarity.

Our cause is the cause of humanity and those gathering in Belfast represent an alternative vision of the future to those gathering at the G8 Summit in Co Fermanagh. It is a vision based on real solidarity between peoples as well as an economic and political sovereignty for peoples throughout the world. A world order based on democracy both within and between nations.

In building a viable and credible Republican alternative we should be guided by the words of James Connolly: “If the national movement of our day is not merely to re-enact the old sad tragedies of our past history, it must show itself capable of rising to the exigencies of the moment. It must demonstrate to the people of Ireland that our nationalism is not merely a morbid idealising of the past, but is also capable of formulating a distinct and definite answer to the problems of the present and a political and economic creed capable of adjustment to the wants of the future.”