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In this issue: 9/23/2012

1. Protect our civil rights, say no to tax bullies
2. British army recruitment attempts condemned
3. RUC attacked in Derry
4. ‘No veto on Covenant march’ – Orange Order
5. Derry march charges re-instated in Marian Price case
6. Family ask for report on murdered parents to be given to them
7. Crown Forces collusion in murder of two nationalists
8. Challenges delay Pearse Jordan inquest
9. McCord inquest delayed for supergrass
10. Killer still in British army
11. Liquid Assets Report -- all you need to know about Ireland's oil and gas resource
12. Bush and Blair should face trial at Hague
13. Greetings from Leonard Peltier
14. Philippines: political prisoners hunger strike

 


1. Protect our civil rights, say no to tax bullies

ON September 19 Geraldine McNamara, National PRO, Republican Sinn Féin, said that the decision by both Clare Co Council and Tipperary SR Co Council to force those applying for third-level college grants to provide proof of payment of the household charge in order to receive their grant was both unfair and unjust to the vulnerable lower income people who are trying to put their children through college. Ironically when they finish college they will be paying taxes to keep this country going instead of being at a higher risk of a life of unemployment.

She continued: “All councillors should remember it is their job to represent the public and I call on all local councillors to condemn this underhand manipulation of the system.

“The Labour Party should be ashamed to call themselves representatives of the working-class while participating in this gross act of treachery on the working-class of Ireland.

“The people who are suffering as a result of this unjust charge and cuts to student grants had nothing to do with the collapse of the banking system and the decision to bail out the unsecured bond-holders who squandered billions of euro recklessly. The so-called Labour Party should be insisting on the unsecured bond holders being “burned” instead of looking at more ways to punish the poorest in society.

“Tipperary Co Council has said it is not going to proceed with this decision as a result of the backlash it received from the public, but they or any other county council have not categorically stated that they will not attempt this charade in the future.

“Our children are our future and we should be actively looking at ways to educate and employ them in Ireland instead of rearing them for emigration.”

 

2. British army recruitment attempts condemned

IN A statement on September 15 the Joe Conway/Brendan Watters Cumann, Republican Sinn Féin, Newry said they wished to put on record their “total disgust at the recruitment campaign which has been launched in Newry by the British army”.

Republican Sinn Féin spokesperson Oliver White raised concerns of the advertisements which have been placed in the Hill Street and Monaghan Street areas of Newry calling on
Irish men and women to join the Forces of Occupation in countries such as Afghanistan, Iraq and here at home in Ireland to name but a few.

He continued: “We in Republican Sinn Féin Newry and indeed throughout the country see this as a blatant attempt by the British forces to prey on the vulnerable unemployed members of this country to join with them in occupying additional countries through
the barrel of the gun.

“We call on the local council to remove these advertisements immediately, because if you don't you are implicit in sending young Irishmen and women most likely to their deaths at the behest of the British establishment.”

 

3. RUC attacked in Derry

ON September 8 members of the British colonial police were called to the Aileach Road following the discovery of a suspicious object. A controlled explosion was carried out at the alert was declared to be a hoax. The RUC then came under attack with a petrol bomb, stones and bottles at the scene. No injuries were reported.

 

4. No veto on Covenant march  Orange Order

THE Orange Order has insisted that it will not allow anyone to have a ‘veto’ over its biggest event in decades, according to a report on September 21.

Reverend Mervyn Gibson said the institution would not meet requests from nationalists for a single drum beat to be played during a contentious section of next week’s Ulster Covenant parade.

Instead, the county grand chaplain said the loyal orders would be pressing ahead with plans to play only hymns when marching past St Patrick’s Church on Belfast’s Donegall Street.

Tensions have been rising ahead of the huge event on September 29 that marks 100 years since the signing of the Ulster Covenant.

The Orange Order has been coming under increasing pressure to meet representatives of the Carrick Hill Concerned Residents Committee which will be staging a protest of up to 500 people on the day of the march.

Last month, violence flared after members of the Royal Black Preceptory defied a Parades Commission ruling and played music outside St Patrick’s on August 25.
Seven police officers sustained injuries during the disturbances.

Meanwhile, residents living in Carrick Hill have spoken of their fear about what could unfold come September 29.

One 49-year-old woman, who has lived in the area since 1971, said children were being sent away for the weekend.

“I will be taking part in the protest because I want respect for our community, the woman, who was too frightened to give her name, said. We have never had respect, but we coped with it until they started insulting our chapel. They are just laughing about it.

“People are calling us dissident republicans, but we are not he added. There are whole families shipping out on the 29th. That happened years ago on the Twelfth of July and we shouldn’t have to put up with it now.”

Another woman, a mother of nine (58), said: This protest is strictly Carrick Hill residents and that message has gone out, she added. We do not want people coming here to cause trouble.”

The Carrick Hill Concerned Residents Association was initially formed to address social and environmental problems in the area and to improve the quality of housing in Carrick Hill. The group played a pivotal role during the 1980s in helping to transform what was the Unity Flats area into the family homes that exist today. Frank Dempsey has been the committee’s longstanding spokesman.

 

5. Derry march charges re-instated in Marian Price case

Marian Price's lawyer said she was severely depressed and may not be fit to appear in court
ON September 5 charges against four people including former hunger striker Marian Price have been re-instated by the British Public Prosecution Service (PPS).

In May, a district judge said he would not return the four for trial as there were "no papers in front of him" and the charges were not proceeded with.

However, the decision by the PPS means that the four will now face the original charges again.

The three Derry men were freed but Marian Price continued to be held in custody because her licence had been revoked.

Marian Price (57) who appeared in court under her married name of Marian McGlinchey, from Stockman's Avenue in Belfast, was charged along with Paddy McDaid, 42, of Sackville Court, Frank Quigley, 29, of Elmwood Road and Marvin Canning, 50, of Glendara, all in Derry, in connection with managing and taking part in a meeting in support of a proscribed organisation.

They are due to appear at a preliminary enquiry at the city's Magistrate's Court on September 27.

At the time of her first appearance on this charge in May 2011, it was announced that the British Secretary of Sate had revoked Marian Price's licence and she has remained in custody ever since.

There are increasing concerns about the health of Marian Price.

 

6. Family ask for report on murdered parents to be given to them

ON September 6 Bernadette McKearney, whose parents Charlie and Tess Fox were shot dead in their home in Moy, Co Tyrone, by the UVF on September 6, 1992 appealed for an investigation into the double murder to be published immediately.

The couple had no political involvement, but their 23-year-old son Patrick had been jailed for possessing an IRA bomb a week earlier.

The Historical Enquiries Team (HET) investigated the murder, but the family said that although the report was completed months ago, it still hasn’t been given to them.’I m appealing to the HET to hand over this report immediately.

“It’s a very emotional time for us and, by holding onto the report, the HET is compounding our grief. We are also angry that there has been no inquest into our parents’ deaths and we have never even been told why.”

Mrs McKearney recalled the awful morning 20 years ago when she found her parents lying dead in the blood-drenched kitchen as her own four children sat waiting for her in the car outside.

“Mammy and daddy had been shot the night before but I didn’t find them until the next morning. Daddy was in his pyjamas. Most of his face had been blown away by the gunfire. Mammy had been shot several times and her jaw was broken.

“She’d taken the sweeping brush to one of the gunmen in a vain effort to protect herself. He broke her jaw with the gun before shooting her. Seeing them lying there was the worst moment of my life.”

Mrs McKearney’s husband Kevin, along with his uncle John, had been shot dead by the same UVF gang in their butcher’s shop just eight months earlier. Neither man had any paramilitary connection.

The HET has also completed a report into this double murder which the family say has been given to the RUC first, and not them, because of its’ sensitive nature”.

One man was convicted in connection with the couple’s murder, but the family claim he was “a bit player. They believe the alleged gunman, who lives in Portadown and is a born-again Christian, was never charged because he was an RUC Special Branch agent.

Mrs McKearney added: We have slowly lost faith in the HET investigation into my parents’ murder but, out of common decency, they should show us their report now.

7. Crown Forces collusion in murder of two nationalists

THE Historical Enquiries Team, which reinvestigates killings from the Troubles, is expected to claim that there may have been security force involvement in the murders of two nationalist men on the outskirts of Derry almost 40 years ago, a report said on September 20.

John Toland (35), a married man from Windsor Terrace, Derry, managed the Happy Landing Bar, Eglinton. He was shot there four times by an Ulster Freedom Fighters gang on November 22, 1976.

Three days later James Loughrey (35), married with a family, died from his wounds when he was shot by UFF gunmen outside his home at Greysteel.

Families of both victims told a press conference in Derry that they believe there was Crown Forces collusion in both murders and that both killings were carried out by the same gang. They believe the collusion involved serving members of the UDR and RUC.

8. Challenges delay Pearse Jordan inquest

ON September 5 lawyers for the family of Pearse Jordan (23), who was shot dead by the Royal Ulster Constabulary in disputed circumstances on the Falls Road in November 1992 claimed it was wrong to grant anonymity to six former Royal Ulster Constabulary members and screen them as they give evidence at an inquest into his death.

It was also revealed that the long-delayed inquest may face further delays due to Public Interest Immunity (PII) issues.

An examination into the circumstances surrounding his death, one of a series of alleged shoot-to-kill incidents, was due to get underway in the coming week. Before it opened a judge heard separate legal challenges to the coroner's rulings on requests by police witnesses to remain unidentified.

As well as the judicial review case taken by the Jordan family, other members of the RUC who were refused anonymity were seeking to have that decision overturned.

Justice Deeny was told inquests must ensure accountability and prevent any suspicion of collusion.

Karen Quinlivan QC, for the Jordans, said: “We say the decision is contrary to the requirement for open justice and contrary to the objective of subjecting those (who use) lethal force to public scrutiny. Everybody in society is at some level of risk if you have a society where there is any level of terrorist threat at all.”

Earlier a barrister representing the RUC Chief Constable informed the court that documents relating to three members of the British police have still to be disclosed to the next of kin.

Turlough Montague QC said they contained material over which PII applications are expected to be made. The British supremo in the Six Counties is expected to consider the applications before the documents are passed to the coroner.

9. McCord inquest delayed for supergrass

AN inquest into the killing of Raymond McCord Jnr has been delayed until a supergrass has finished giving evidence, it was revealed on September 5.

No-one has ever been convicted of his murder and Raymond McCord's relatives have said they do not want an inquest to proceed until the RUC investigation has been exhausted. It is hoped the evidence from an assisted witness could bring charges in the case.

But the coroner was told the British police interviews were “coming towards a conclusion”.

Coroner John Leckey told the preliminary hearing in Belfast that he would adjourn the proceedings until January, when an update on progress could be given.

The witness is understood to be providing information on a range of crimes committed by the UVF gang from north Belfast's Mount Vernon estate that beat Raymond McCord to death and dumped his body in a quarry in Newtownabbey.

A British Police Ombudsman report into the murder, published in 2007, uncovered collusion between the UVF grouping and the RUC in a number of other killings.

It was prompted by a complaint from the murdered man's father, Raymond McCord Snr, who filed a complaint to then-Ombudsman Nuala O'Loan.

The police have since taken over the inquiry entitled Operation Stafford.

Nine men, including alleged UVF commander Mark Haddock, have already been cleared of murdering UDA chief Tommy English following a trial which saw evidence provided by two other supergrass witnesses.

 

10. Killer still in British army

ON September 4 the Pat Finucane Centre in Derry released the following statement:

“Today, September 4, marks the 20th anniversary of the murder of Peter Mc Bride in Belfast by two members of the Scots Guards Regiment, James Fisher and Mark Wright. Despite their convictions for the murder of the unarmed teenager in broad daylight both soldiers were allowed to rejoin their regiment having served only three years of their life sentences. One, Mark Wright, was discharged for medical reasons following a shooting injury sustained in Iraq. The other, James Fisher, remains a serving soldier in the British Army.

“As Jean Mc Bride deals with the daily consequence of loss and grief she is confronted with the additional agony that the British Government, army and large sections of the British media find it perfectly acceptable that the killer of an unarmed teenager should remain in the British armed forces. No demands in parliament that convicted murderers should be dismissed, no outrage on the Steven Nolan Show on the BBC as has been the case concerning the employment of others with convictions for murder, no demands to change the law as some Unionist politicians have campaigned for... just silence. Peter who? And Guardsman James Fisher?

“Twenty years ago today Wright and Fisher shot Peter in the back. They remained soldiers while in prison awaiting trial. They remained soldiers following their conviction. Fisher remains a soldier today. No outrage to be heard on behalf of an ordinary working class mother from a Catholic area of N. Belfast...just silence.”

PFC Derry info@patfinucanecentre.org Tel 02871 268846 PFC Armagh armagh@patfinucanecentre.org Tel 02837 515191 JFF info@dublinmonaghanbombings.org 003531 8554300 PFC website at www.patfinucanecentre.org PFC Facebook http://www.facebook.com/#!/profile.php?id=100002423728853 PFC Twitter
http://twitter.com/#!/FinucaneCentre

 

11. Liquid Assets Report -- all you need to know about Ireland's oil and gas resource

‘LIQUID Assets’ is a definitive guide to Ireland's oil and gas resources and how the State manages them, published by Dublin Shell to Sea. One element of this 44-page information booklet is a groundbreaking map, showing for the first time all the known prospects and discoveries in Irish territory, together with tables listing the relevant exploration companies' own estimates for how much oil and gas these licensed areas contain.

The map and tables – the product of months of painstaking research – are backed by an extensive online spreadsheet, which contains detailed sources and further information and which will be up-dated as companies release new figures.

You can download the following documents: Sources Spreadsheet: contains extensive background information about the 69 areas shown on the map and lists sources; Liquid Assets: PDF of 44-page report/booklet: Map of oil and gas exploration in Irish territory: Tables summarising key information about licensed areas, including company estimates.

These reveal the true extent of exploration in our waters. The total of the estimates issued by exploration companies for their licensed areas in Irish territory is 20,964 million (i.e. almost 21 billion) barrels of oil equivalent and belies the oil industry's repeated claims that Ireland's offshore is an "unproven territory" with scant exploration taking place.

The booklet and online material are intended as a resource for researchers, journalists, campaigners, politicians and the general public.

Debate on this topic has been hampered by misinformation and pro-corporate spin. 'Liquid Assets' provides a much-needed critical analysis of Ireland's management of its hydrocarbons; compares our fiscal regime to those of other countries; and explores some policy alternatives available to Ireland with concrete examples from comparable countries.

The booklet debunks some of the dominant myths about our oil and gas, for example the false belief that further discoveries in Irish waters will necessarily lead to jobs, investment and a domestic supply of oil or gas. 'Liquid Assets' examines the dangers of fracking; considers the question of fossil fuel extraction in the light of climate change; and documents the resistance of communities in north Mayo to the Corrib Gas project.

The booklet has a cover price of ?2.
Full report and tables of information on: http://www.shelltosea.com/

Our oil and gas might as well be off the coast of Brazil for all the good it will do us

The dogs in the street now understand that Ireland’s share of revenue from our oil and gas fields is set to be pitifully small, thanks to terms handed down by Ray Burke. It’s no longer just campaigners who want change. In May an Oireachtas committee with a majority of Government TDs issued a report calling for the terms to be radically overhauled.

The oil companies are desperate to maintain the status quo. They defend their corner mainly by portraying our offshore as a lonely wasteland, where exploration is almost non-existent and where finding oil or gas is but a remote possibility. Our “attractive” terms (the world’s most generous to the oil companies) must be maintained until Ireland is a “proven territory”, they insist.

Research to be published today tells a very different story. Campaigners trawled through oil companies’ estimates for how much oil or gas is under their respective blocks of Ireland’s vast seabed. The intriguing result is a map showing Ireland surrounded by 69 prospects, discoveries and other licensed areas. The combined total estimated to be in these areas – according to the relevant companies’ own geologists – is a staggering 21 billion barrels of oil equivalent.

Obviously this figure comes with disclaimers: exploration companies do talk up their prospects to attract investors; and it is generally not possible to extract all of the reserves in a given field. (On the other hand, the figure is conservative insofar as it only includes areas for which estimates have been provided.) But this research tells us something important: that while oil companies have been telling us our waters could well have nothing to offer and that Pat Rabbitte had better keep giving out licences on the old terms, they have been saying something very different to shareholders and investors: namely that there are huge quantities of oil and gas here and they confidently expect to laugh all the way to the bank.

The research is contained in ‘Liquid Assets’, a report to be released today by the Shell to Sea campaign. The report debunks numerous myths used to defend our giveaway terms, for example the idea that more discoveries will create a thriving industry here and give us our own supply of oil and gas. The reality is that the companies don’t plan to bring the resources ashore here. In fact, almost no benefits are guaranteed under our current regime.

Let’s look at the Barryroe field as an example of what oil and gas discoveries will mean for the Irish economy. Providence Resources announced in July that Barryroe, 50km off Cork, contains up to 1.6 billion barrels of oil. The company will own every drop it extracts, paying no royalties to the State. Not only that, Ireland has no say over what happens to the oil. Providence can choose to export directly from the rig to a refinery overseas: there is no obligation to bring it ashore in Ireland or use Irish services or personnel. Crew on rigs are flown in from overseas. In the case of its Dalkey Prospect (estimate: 870 million barrels), Providence plans to export directly from the field. It has not yet confirmed where oil from Barryroe will go.

So, as well as having no guarantee of economic spin-offs, Ireland also has no guarantee of a domestic supply. And if Providence does choose to bring the oil ashore here, it will sell to Irish consumers at the current market rate. In other words, having oil or gas under our waters will not protect us against international price rises. Our oil fields might as well be off the coast of Brazil.

The only guaranteed return to the Irish exchequer is a tax on profits of 25% (in exceptional cases, where a field is highly profitable, a further post-tax levy of up to 15% may apply). The State will not receive a guaranteed share of revenue: this is the crux of the problem. For the purposes of tax, when Providence is calculating the profits from Barryroe, it can avail of extremely liberal tax write-offs. Incredibly, it can write off the cost of all its exploration activity anywhere in Irish waters in the previous 25 years.
I discovered the existence of a 2003 consultants’ study for Shell that reveals just how small the State’s share is likely to be: it projected that the Corrib project would pay just ?340 million in tax over its lifetime, or roughly 7% of total field revenue. That’s the tax return from what “profits” would be left after Shell’s accountants had availed of the tax breaks written into the terms by Ray Burke 25 years ago.

Pat Rabbitte argues that low revenue is better than no revenue: if giving it away with minimal returns is the only way to get at it, then give it away we must. This is short-sighted nonsense, a mentality born of the same pro-corporate, light regulation approach that caused our economic crisis. The fact is that allowing companies to extract our oil and gas involves great costs.

The most obvious costs are environmental: a spill at the Dalkey Prospect could reach the shores of Dublin in one hour, according to the company’s Oil Spill Contingency Plan. Then there are the social costs, as witnessed by those resisting Shell in north Mayo. The environmental and social cost of fracking, if it is allowed in Ireland, can barely be imagined. But there is also an economic cost: extraction means the depletion of resources that would be vital in decades to come, when security of supply is a real issue (currently there is no threat to our security of supply, that’s another industry myth).

The starting point for this debate should be: why should we extract these resources at all? Considering the various costs associated with extraction, if Ireland is to allow private companies remove our valuable assets, the Government needs to be able to point to significant benefits to Ireland in order to justify that extraction. Under our current terms, it cannot.
Comment piece by William Hederman, Irish Daily Mail, September 10, 2012
(William Hederman is a freelance journalist and campaigner. He blogs at www.irishoilandgas.com. He is one of the authors of the report being launched today by Shell to Sea.)

 

12. Bush and Blair should face trial at Hague

Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Desmond Tutu has called for Tony Blair and George Bush to face prosecution at the International Criminal Court for their role in the 2003 U.S.-led invasion of Iraq.

Tutu, the retired Anglican Church's archbishop of South Africa, wrote in an op-ed piece for The Observer newspaper early in September that the ex-leaders of Britain and the United States should be made to “answer for their actions”

The Iraq war “has destabilized and polarized the world to a greater extent than any other conflict in history,” wrote Tutu, who was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1984.

“Those responsible for this suffering and loss of life should be treading the same path as some of their African and Asian peers who have been made to answer for their actions in The Hague,” he added.

The Hague, Netherlands, based court is the world's first permanent war crimes tribunal and has been in operation for 10 years.

So far it has launched prosecutions only in Africa, including in Sudan, Congo, Libya and Ivory Coast.

Tutu has long been a staunch critic of the Iraq war, while others opposed to the conflict — including playwright Harold Pinter — have previously called for Bush and Blair to face prosecution at The Hague.

“The then-leaders of the US and UK fabricated the grounds to behave like playground bullies and drive us further apart. They have driven us to the edge of a precipice where we now stand — with the spectre of Syria and Iran before us,” said Tutu, who last week withdrew from a conference in South Africa due to Blair's presence at the event.

While the International Criminal Court can handle cases of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity, it does not currently have the jurisdiction to prosecute crimes of aggression.

Any potential prosecution over the Iraq war would likely come under the aggression category.

The US is among nations which do not recognize the International Criminal Court.

Home Help workers and their clients have already suffered a 500,000 hour

 

13. Greetings from Leonard Peltier

“GREETINGS my relatives and supporters, and, we are all truly relatives in one way or another.

“First of all I want to thank all of you for remembering me on this day, as many of you probably suspect and some know, that when you are in prison you have a lot of time to reflect and think on how things are, and how they were and perhaps how they should be.

“Having said that, I was thinking about how on your birthday the person who really should be celebrated is your mother, for she carried you for nine months and went through the pain of giving you life. So truly a person’s birthday should be another Mother’s Day. So if a woman has four children, she should have four Mother’s days. All too often people talk about the exploits of men and what they said and what they did, and all too often give no thought to the women who gave them life, the women who supported them, the women who cared for the children while they did what they did, who kept the home fires burning and families fed. There is a certain adrenaline flow that takes place when you are involved in movement activities and trying to make a difference, a satisfaction in doing the right thing and sometimes being successful in righting what’s wrong.

“However, the really true heroes in this are the women who do day after day what needs to be done, and give their children the values they need to stand up for what is right in this world. Again, I want to thank you, you can’t imagine how much it means to a prisoner to be remembered. When a person goes to prison their’s almost as if you had died and you are only remembered on certain occasions.

“There are a multitude of people in prison that they have forgotten about that were movement people, people who stood up for the earth, the animals, nature, water rights, human rights, civil rights, all of those things, and have been forgotten. They are only remembered by a few. I am really truly thankful and I have to be thankful to all of the movement people throughout the world who have recognized the injustice that has been perpetuated against Indigenous people.

“And I am fortunate that there are those who have found me to be evidence of that injustice because of all of the legal recognition from the courts of the improper proceedings that took place. My case as many of you well know probably has more recognition of improprieties than most, and I recognize that I am an ordinary man who has been cast into an extraordinary situation, and have served as legal evidence of their wrongdoing.

“Forgive me if I am getting too wordy and singing to the choir, but I have probably had too much time to think. I do want to encourage all of you to keep standing up for what is right to keep trying to right what is wrong, and I want you to know there are those who appreciate what you do, and oftentimes you may find yourself the only one standing up.

“And more often than not, whether you realized it or not, it was your Mother that directly or indirectly gave you that strength, that woman you should celebrate on your birthday. I encourage all of you to have fun, enjoy your freedom, enjoy your life and have some cake and ice cream, or pemmican, or hotdogs or dog stew for me. And remember when you stand up, wherever you are, I’ll be standing with you even though it’s some distant place.

“In closing again I want you to enjoy and know that I am thinking of you and appreciative and may the Great Spirit Bless you with all you need and enough to share with others.

“I’ll close for now, got some thinking to do, Ayee.
In the Spirit of Crazy Horse

Doksha Leonard Peltier
September 13, 2012 (his birthday).”

 

14. Philippines: political prisoners hunger strike

A WEEK before the State of the Nation Address (SONA), political prisoners, their relatives and supporters went on hunger strike to demand that Benigno Aquino III's regime release all 385 political prisoners nation-wide. They called for a General, Unconditional and Omnibus Amnesty for all political prisoners. The hunger strike lasted from July 16 to July 23. It was the third nationwide hunger strike launched by political prisoners since Aquino came to power.

Karapatan secretary-general Marie Hilao Enriquez assailed Aquino for claiming that there are no political prisoners in the Philippines. The human rights watchdog said that 104 out of the country's 385 political prisoners incarcerated in various detention centres nationwide were arrested under the Aquino administration.
Detainees and their supporters from seven regions joined the hunger strike. At the Compostela Valley Provincial Jail, some 500 regular detainees also staged their own hunger strike to sympathize with the political prisoners.
In Iloilo, activists wore orange clothes to mimic the prisoners' uniforms and stayed inside mock prison cells put up at the centre of Plazoleta Gay in Iloilo City.
Relatives of Moro political prisoners also appealed to Aquino to release their loved ones. Most of them were imprisoned during Gloria Arroyo's regime and falsely accused of being members of the terrorist Abu Sayyaf.
In a rally, Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas deputy secretary-general and National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) peace talks consultant Randall Echanis also slammed the Aquino regime for refusing to release the political prisoners, including 14 consultants of the NDFP. The consultants are covered by the Joint Agreement on Safety and Immunity Guarantees signed by both the Government of the Philippines and the NDFP.

ENDS

 


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