Saoradh strongly condemns those responsible for a spate of cowardly attacks on republican memorials in Newry and South Armagh. The 1981 hunger strike memorial, situated at the Newry by-pass was vandalised by sectarian bigots. It’s no coincidence that this occurred just weeks after Saoradh held a successful commemoration at the spot. Similar attacks also took place overnight in Meigh and Ford’s Cross at Silverbridge.
Slamming those responsible Saoradh An Iúir spokesperson Stephen Murney said “We strongly condemn the sectarian attack on this memorial. The sectarian bigots responsible are only interested in stoking tension, particularly at this time of year.
This memorial is in memory of the 1981 hunger strikers. Just weeks ago we gathered at the monument with some of those activists who originally erected it. Not only was this monument vandalised but the tributes we left on it have also been removed.”
Murney continued “In the coming weeks Newry and Bessbrook are going to be subjected to dozens of unwanted sectarian parades, those parades like the desecration of this memorial, are only designed to create tension.”
Concluding Stephen said “Sinister attacks such as this certainly won’t deter Saoradh and our activists from remembering our fallen martyrs. Those behind this attack have absolutely nothing to offer society. Attacking memorials in the middle of the night is a sickening act and one which will be condemned by all. Such attacks are fruitless and certainly won’t deter us from our path of revolution.”