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Windsor Frightened of Public Protests

22/10/10

Rúnaí ginearálta éirígí Breandán Mac Cionnaith has condemned the presence of the commander-in-chief of Britain’s armed forces in the Six Counties.

Elizabeth Windsor arrived unannounced in the Six Counties yesterday [Thursday] and flies out today [Friday]. All her arrangements have been kept secret until after the event.

In March 2008, when a Windsor visit to the Six Counties was made public in advance, éirígí held a well-attended protest against her presence in Armagh City, despite a large Crown Forces security operation.

Mac Cionnaith said: “The tight secrecy that has surrounded Windsor’s latest visit to occupied Ireland is obviously to prevent the prospect of public protests against her presence.

“As commander-in-chief of Britain’s armed forces, Elizabeth Windsor is the figurehead for the occupation of the Six Counties.”

Mac Cionnaith continued: “Elizabeth Windsor is not welcome in any part of Ireland, whether that be Belfast, Dublin or elsewhere.

“éirígí will continue to actively campaign against the extension of any invite for Elizabeth Windsor to go on a state visit to the Twenty-Six Counties and, when the opportunity presents itself, actively oppose her presence in any part of Ireland.”

 

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