SFY builds contacts in London
Sinn Fein Youth national organiser Eoin O'Broin met several youth
and student groups in London on the weekend of 11/12 July.
He was there to speak at a student conference organised by the
Student Broad Left group, a coalition of student union officers
from across England. Speaking during a session on Ireland O'Broin
gave a political briefing on the state of the peace process.
Focusing on the Orange Order's siege of the Garvaghy Road he said
that ``some media commentators are presenting this issue as a
conflict between two intransigent sides. This is simply a lie.
The residents have bent over backwards to create a solution to
this situation, it is the Orange Order who is refusing to budge.''
The conference dealt with issues such as the American blockade of
Cuba, British government cuts to education grants, anti-racism
and a range of other issues.
During the day O'Broin also met with British Labour MP Ken
Livingstone and lobbied him over increasing levels of
militarisation in nationalist areas of the six counties.
Student Broad Left organised a series of meetings for the SFY
representative. O'Broin met with National Assembly Against Racism
activists Atma Singh and Brooks Duke. Meetings were also held
with Student Broad Left officers and Young Labour Left activists,
a left lobby group within the British Labour party.
O'Broin also had the opportunity of meeting with Bengali young
people in a youth project in inner city Tower Hamlets.
O'Broin said that ``the weekend was a valuable experience for both
Sinn Fein Youth and those we met. It is clear that the Black and
Asian communities suffer similar problems to young nationalists
especially in terms of policing and discrimination. There are
many areas where a common dialogue is possible and we are looking
at some of these for work in the future.''