The arrest of three members of Republican Sinn Féin – including a member of the Ard Chomhairle - in Co Armagh this morning is an attempt to silence Irish Republicans. All three were arrested in connection with the march held in Lurgan on January 23 calling for the release of Martin Corey. Martin Corey is a veteran Republican from Lurgan who has been interned without trial in Maghaberry prison since April of last year.
The President of Republican Sinn Féin Des Dalton has also received a communication from the British Colonial Police threatening him with arrest in connection with the Martin Corey march.
These arrests and threats of arrest show that nature of British rule in Ireland has not changed. Such petty repression will not deflect Irish Republicans from continuing our work or lesson our determination to end Britain’s oppressive presence in Ireland.