Why we must protest

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By Brian Leeson

The presence of the G8 in Ireland must be actively opposed by republicans, socialists and other progressives. By hosting the G8 summit in occupied Ireland, the British government are attempting to portray our country as a peaceful colony – a success story for modern day capitalism and imperialism. Like the visit of Elizabeth Windsor to the Twenty-Six Counties in 2011 or the naming of Derry as the 2013 ‘UK City of Culture’, the hosting of the G8 in Ireland has to be seen in the context of the British government’s ‘normalisation’ strategy.

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