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Date Posted: Thu, Dec 21 2006, 20:09:18 PST
Author: National irish Freedom Committee
Subject: NIFC Cabhair Christmas Sustainer

Cumann Na Saoirse Náisiúnta
National Irish Freedom Committee

Cabhair Christmas Sustainer

Nollaig 2006

A cháirde,

Once again we would like to thank everyone who has contributed to the Cabhair Sustainer and we applaud the campaigners in the U.S. who have devised novel ways to support the Annual Cabhair Swim in the River Liffey in Dublin on Christmas Day

We are pleased to say that your moral and financial support for the families of Irish republican political prisoners is greatly appreciated.

We would also like to thank those who have already sent in their ad for the 2007 Flannery Testimonial ad Journal.

The only reason that they are imprisoned is that, as Irish republicans, they oppose British rule in Ireland and in many cases support the Eire Nua program which is an Irish alternative to that foreign rule. The British have always tried to classify Irish political prisoners as criminals in order to justify their own presence in Ireland and avoid being charged as war criminals. Irish republican prisoners are by definition political prisoners. They are victims of a conveyor belt of draconian laws that are anchored by non-jury courts.

Consequently, they have been on a protest in H.M. Maghaberry Prison in the British occupied counties demanding their rights to be treated as political prisoners as did Bobby Sands and his comrades in the 1981 hunger strike.

Because of the imposed isolation regimen, political prisoners rely to a great degree on help from family and other political activists.

While that is a bleak scenario, the British and their cohorts ensure that matters are made much worse.

John Horan, coordinator of the Cabhair Liffey Swim, speaking from Dublin on Segment 3 of the NIFC Free Forum Video (now posted on Media Center at www.irishfreedom.net). John gave a graphic account of running the gauntlet of the inexhaustible state harassment. He said that political activists and family members are being illegally ostracized and marginalized in their own communities and for all practical purposes are placed in an virtual state of imprisonment. The web of state repression is meant to remove support and isolate the political prisoner in an effort to break their will and accept criminalization.

John also spoke with pride of the never-ending campaign of support for the political prisoners demands and basic comforts for their families.

If we can experience the comfort of being with family and friends for Christmas, can we for a moment imagine how much worse it would be for Irish political prisoners in H.M. Maghaberry Prison and elsewhere if people like you did not care.

That is the reason that Christmas has always been the political prisoner awareness and support month.

We hope that all who have yet to make a Sustainer contribution will try their best to do so at this special time.

Nollaig shona agaibh go léir

-- Cumann Na Saoirse Náisiúnta

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Cumann Na Saoirse Náisíunta
National Irish Freedom Committee

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