Press statement: RSF condemns repression against protesters in Germany

Preas Ráiteas / Press release

28 Deireadh Fómhair / October 2012
RSF condemns repression against protesters in Germany

Hamburg vigil on International POW-Day 2012 broken up by police
Vienna/Hamburg – German police forces broke up a vigil outside the
Lithuanian Consulate on Saturday, October 27. The vigil was organised
by Irish republicans of the “Maghaberry Awareness Group St.
Pauli” to demand the release of Irish republican Michael Campbell
who is held in a Lithuanian jail. October 27 was the International
Day of Action for Irish republican prisoners 2012.
About 50 local anarchists and Chechen socialists joined Irish
republicans at a candlelight vigil at the Lithuanian Consulate at
Grosse Bahnstrasse in the Altona district of Hamburg, Germany. The
vigil lasted less than 30 minutes when it was broken up by German
police forces threatening the arrest of all participants. The police
said the protest is threatening property of the Lithuanian Consulate.

Republican Sinn Féin International spokesperson Dieter Blumenfeld
condemned the repressive actions by German police forces against
Irish republicans. He said: “October 27 was the International Day
for Irish political prisoners. The arrest of Cáit Trainor at a
protest in Lurgan and the breaking up of a peaceful picket in support
of Michael Campbell in Germany shows that the reactionary and
imperialist forces want to silence Irish republicanism.”
“We commend all those taking part in the vigil for Michael
Campbell in Hamburg, Germany. Every man and woman has a right to
protest against injustice. On October 27 the German state has once
again shown that they are the closest allies of the most undemocratic
and repressive governments.”
“The International Day for Irish republican prisoners 2012 was the
most coordinate and broadest action for a free, united and democratic
Ireland on an international level in decades. Irish republicans will
not be deterred by any repression from their support for the POWs.”
RSF International spokesperson Dieter Blumenfeld said.


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