CIRA prisoners suspend Maghaberry protest
A statement was issued today by republican prisoners aligned to the Continuity IRA on Roe 3 in Maghaberry jail, suspending their protests at the County Antrim jail from Monday.
It follows a decision by prisoners on Roe 4 landing to end their no-wash protest earlier this week.
The following is the text of their statement.
After a long period of deliberation, it has been decided that we the Continuity Irish Republican Army POWs will suspend our current phase of protest from Monday November 26, 2012 in order to give the prison regime another opportunity to acknowledge and implement the agreement all parties signed up to in August 2010.
As Republicans we undertook the agreement in good faith and committed to honour it, and as Republicans, at no time did we break our word. After a period of six months it became increasingly clear that in the tradition of Perfidious Albion the British Government had reneged on their word to implement that solution and so we resumed our protest.
Now after 18 months of this second phase of protest, we believe that we have shown the prison regime our resolve and determination to oppose conditions not befitting Republican Prisoners of War. We also believe we can afford them the opportunity at this juncture to implement the agreement.
It is our hope that with this magnanimous gesture the prison regime will now honour their word. As Republicans we will not shirk our responsibility and we believe that it is now necessary for us to take this lead in bringing the agreement to its conclusion.
Like our Comrades on Roe 4, we assert that the resolving of this conflict lies squarely at the feet of David Ford and the British Government, despite Ford’s assertion to the contrary.
Failure on the part of the British Government to implement the August 2010 Agreement in full, will result in a reemergence of conflict in the Jail
To all who have supported us up to this point, we ask for your continued support. We salute all people across the world who have worked on our behalf. We thank our families and our friends and CABHAIR who have given us unswerving support and assistance.
Signed O/C Maghaberry Prison