Following a heavy Crown Force operation in Lurgan last week, one Irish Republican activist has been interned by remand in Maghaberry.
Shane Stevenson was traveling with another Republican in the Lurgan area when their van was surrounded by heavily armed Crown Force members last week, both men were held by the state “incommunicado” and denied the basic rights to inform their loved ones of their detention or seek legal representation until the following day.
During this time the Crown Forces raided homes and searched the Lurgan area, they sent in dozens of armoured cars and land rovers backed up with air support as they subjected Republican areas of Lurgan to a de facto military occupation, they subsequently arrested another Republican in this follow up operation.
At the weekend two of the Republicans being held were released, but Shane was later charged and appeared in the British court in Lisburn yesterday.
He was remanded to Maghaberry Gaol on the word of a member of the Crown Forces who alleged they could connect him to acts of resistance.
Lurgan Saoradh spokesperson Antaine Criu said, “this draconian operation highlights the continued illegal occupation of Ireland by the British state, our thoughts are with Shane and his family at this time, internment by remand is a cynical strategy by the British to remove Irish Republicans who challenge the current status quo, Maghaberry is a hell hole and going by the British governments own assessment the most dangerous gaol in Europe, we call on the local community to support Shane and his family at this time.”
Meanwhile it has emerged that members of the Stevenson family were targeted and harassed by the Crown Forces as they attempted to return home after the court hearing in Lisburn yesterday.