DISRUPT BILL CLINTON'S VISIT TO DERRY!
members held two demonstrations against the former leader of world capitalism
when he visited Derry on Wednesday 23rd May 2001. During Clinton's address to
the assembled crowd in Derry's Guildhall Square the IRSP heckled him
throughout forcing him to cut short his address. This was embarrassing for him
and for the others on the stage welcoming him to Derry. Provisional Sinn
Fein leader Gerry Adams could not hide his embarrassment at what befell
Clinton. The purpose of the protest was to highlight the ongoing death fast
in Turkish prisons being carried out as a response to state repression. The IRSP held banners and posters highlighting the Death Fast in Turkey against the introduction of F-Type prisons.
the former US president, who is said to be almost bankrupt, received approximately £100,000.00
for appearing in Derry.
Who pays this?
The working class ratepayers of Derry of course!
I.R.S.P. PRESS RELEASE
No welcome for Clinton in Derry!
Irish Republican Socialist Party condemned the arrival of
Former U.S President Bill Clinton to Derry by stating: "Today's actions,
the IRSP protests in Guildhall Square and outside Magee University, have been
in solidarity with our comrades imprisoned in Turkey who are dying this very
moment on hunger strike, in a struggle against the F-Type prisons where they
are being held. The regime in that country is funded military and
propped up economically, by E.U member states, such as the 26 County
administration, but most importantly the U.S who have hundreds of military
people in this country have to be reminded that U.S imperialism isn't the
wholesome Walt Disney picture it likes to paint itself as, then the IRSP will
do just that by actively opposing such a visit, just as we have done today.
The U.S is a fascist power that views itself as some form of global policeman
subjecting many countries and their inhabitants to inhuman levels of brutality
through direct and indirect wars, economic sanctions and environmental
IRSP statement concluded by stating "The IRSP along with other socialists took
to the streets of Derry to object at the return of Bill Clinton to our city.
It absolutely sickening in the extreme to have witnessed the type of
encouragement given to such a figurehead and what he still represents.
The Irish Republican Socialist Party
completely reject such a stunt, a showcase that was fully supported by a list
of so-called dignitaries. We have nothing to be thankful for with Bill Clinton
or any of his political allies, as they have proven time and time again to be
the enemies of our class both in Ireland and in Turkey as elsewhere."