No welcome for Clinton - Derry IRSP

Danielle Ni Dhighe nidhighe at irsm.org
Sat May 26 20:55:12 MDT 2001


Irish Republican Socialist Party

Press Statement - Press Statement - Press Statement

23 May 2001

No welcome for Clinton in Derry!

Derry Irish Republican Socialist Party representative Jim Robinson
condemned the arrival of Former U.S President Bill Clinton to Derry by
stating: "Today's actions, the protests outside Magee University and
Guildhall Square, have been in solidarity with our comrades imprisoned in
Turkey who are dying this very moment on hunger strike, in a struggle
against the F-Type prisons where they are being held. The regime in that
country is funded militarily and propped up economically, by E.U member
states, such as the 26 County administration, but most importantly the U.S
who have hundreds of military bases.

"If people in this country have to be reminded that U.S imperialism isn't
the wholesome Walt Disney picture it likes to paint itself as, then the IRSP
will do just that by actively opposing such a visit, just as we have done
today. The U.S is a fascist power that views itself as some form of global
policeman subjecting many countries and their inhabitants to inhuman levels
of brutality through direct and indirect wars, economic sanctions and
environmental destruction.

Mr Robinson concluded by stating "The IRSP along with other socialists
took to the streets of Derry to object at the return of Bill Clinton to our
city. It absolutely sickening in the extreme to have witnessed the type of
encouragement given to such a figurehead and what he still represents.

Mr Robinson concluded by saying "The Irish Republican Socialist Party
completely reject such a stunt, a showcase that was fully supported by a
list of so-called dignitaries. We have nothing to be thankful for with Bill
Clinton or any of his political allies, as they have proven time and time
again to be the enemies of our class both in Ireland and in Turkey as
elsewhere."

ENDS

Republican Socialist Publicity Bureau
IRSP Press Office
392 Falls Road
Belfast, Ireland




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