Armagh Jail situation deteriorates
THE brutal treatment of the young Prisoners (YPs) in Armagh
Prison has brought protests from all sections of the Republican
Movement. A statement from the imprisoned volunteer soldiers in
`A' Company, Armagh Prison, graphically relates how the Yp's were
beaten with batons and home made clubs. One particularly sadistic
attack, witnessed by the Republican prisoners, occured when a
young lad refused to obey a punitive order from a screw.
The PO assailed the boy with fists and boots, when the YP fought
back in self-defence other screws joined in the attack and gave
the young man a brutal beating. Only the actions of the
republican girls saved young prisoners from a massed attack
during the week. The girls, unable to get into the YP's wing to
forcibly defend them, refused to enter their cells and threatened
to wreck the wing if the governor didn't call off the human dogs.
The names and details of incidents involving the screws and boys
in the Borstal wing have been sent out by the republicans in an
effort to force a change in policy.
Derry comhairle Ceantair have gone further and iniated a campaign
to highlight the affair. They have distributed the numbers of the
jail, the Home Office and the Stormont Pres Office, to the people
of Derry. It is hoped that enough people can bring pressure
through phone calls to influence Rees.
Republican News, Saturday 4 October 1975.