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Telling Ronnie Flanagan First

Guard with jealous attention the public liberty.
Suspect every one who approaches that jewel.
Unfortunately, nothing will preserve it but downright force.
Whenever you give up that force, you are inevitably ruined.
- Patrick Henry

Brendan Hughes • 27 March 2001

How does Ronnie Flanagan know before we do? He now tells us that there is about to be a second round of decommissioning. Who told him that the IRA were poised to destroy more weapons? Who gives the IRA permission to destroy or hand over guns to the British or their friends? I certainly did not. I was never even asked what I thought.

The British still occupy this country. The British still control us. And while they do no one has the right to hand over or destroy weapons to please the British. Weapons belong to republicans. They do not belong to Stormont politicians. We fought and died with those hard won weapons. We went to jail for holding onto them. People were executed for informing on them. And now the Sinn Fein leadership are destroying them to meet the enemy demands. Our only means of defence are surrendered. Nationalists are being attacked daily. Why not be honest and admit defeat? No, why not be honest and admit surrender?

Liam Mellows always warned republicans about those people who get power solely for the privileges that power brings. To my friends who ask why I speak out this is the reason. A love of people, a love of justice, a love of truth - and a hatred of power that gives privilege to the few and abuse to the many.



















































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