26 April 2007 Edition

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Ógra solidarity protest for SEGI

Belfast City Hall was the venue for an international solidarity protest by Ógra Shinn Féin, demanding an end to the repression of Basque Youth movement Segi.
The Spanish judiciary recently deemed the youth organisation as terrorist. Ógra Shinn Féin deemed the arrests as farcical and has called for the immediate release of the Segi members arrested.
Protesting Ógra activists distributed literature and added signatures to the online SEGI petition: http://www.petitiononline.com/SEGI/petition.html
Cúige Uladh Organiser, Johnny McGibbon commented,
“The protest went very well, and it was clear activists made an impact on the public.
“Many passers-by questioned Ógra activists as to the motives for the protest, and many were duly horrified when they were given the information regarding the repression of Segi.”
One passer-by commented, “Flashbacks of internment” and another said “Same oppression different country!”
McGibbon continued: “The tactics of the Spanish Government are nothing short of a criminalisation policy and this has no prospect of success.
“As we know well in Ireland, and to quote the great Bobby Sands, ‘they have nothing in their whole imperial arsenal that can break the spirit’ of the determined young activists of Segi. We will stand in solidarity with them. Jo Ta Ke! Tiocfaidh Ár Lá!”

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