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Provisional Police?

George Young • 25 February 2004

I see that the PIRA or the Provisional Police, as they are rapidly becoming known, have been out and about re-enforcing the will of the leadership of Sinn Fein yet again, only this time they have travelled overseas to do it.

Where to?

To Scotland, where the Cumann of Republican Sinn Fein had been invited by the Scottish Republican Socialist Movement, to read out a message of solidarity at the annual Massacre of Glencoe Rally, which took place on Sunday 15th February.

RSF were informed by the organisers of the commemoration, on the day prior to the event, that they would not be permitted to read out their statement.

The reason given was that the Pollok and Thornliebank Republican Flute Band were told by the Provisionals that if there was an RSF speaker, their band would be put off the road and that they would never be allowed to play at any SRSM event again.

Brave people indeed, believe me, I know some of the people in the aforementioned band and I don't think they would take too kindly to any form of censorship being inflicted upon them.

Correct me if I'm wrong, but wasn't it Gerry Adams who said: "Censorship affects us all, it prevents open and informed discussion, postpones the finding of a solution and therefore perpetuates the conflict."

A really profound statement! Ah well, words, schmurdz.

Have the Provisionals forgotten the support and succour received from our Celtic cousins from across the water during the war for 32 County Sovereignty?

I don't believe so, but I do believe that power corrupts and having said that, it provokes another couple of questions once asked by a former PIRA commander.

"Trust Your Leaders?"
"Who Polices The Police?"

A whole lot of questions I'm asking here, so here are two more.

Does anyone agree with me and think it might be because RSF are anti Good Friday Agreement and that "solidarity" and "republican" have become words "disappeared" from the Provisional vocabulary?

How long before "partition" and "Good Friday Agreement" are "disappeared"?
















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25 February 2004


Other Articles From This Issue:


Naming Bobby Sands Street

Pedram Moallemian


Suspended Belief
J. Sean Burns


Kelly's Cellars
Anthony McIntyre


Stop Press!
Jimmy Sands


PSNI/RUC Occupies POW's Family Homes
Marian Price and Martin Mulholland


Did the Black and Tans Run From the Rifles of the IRA?
Liam O Ruairc


Stevens, Inquiries, Resistance to Change
David Michael


Provisionals Attempt to Censor and Exclude RSF in Scotland
Seamus Reader


Provisional Police?
George Young


20 February 2004


A Malignant Menage d'trois

Anthony McIntyre


On the Record
Kathleen O'Halloran


David Lidington
Eamon Sweeney


The Buck Stops Here
Brian Mór


Loyalist Racism and Terror Attacks
Paul Mallon


Foundations for Development Laid as Sinn Fein Goes Unionist
Eamonn McCann


All Are Targets
Mohammed Omer


Calendar of Events
Belfast Anti-War Movement




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