During two hours today (11.45AM – 1.45PM) ,in Dublin, between 20 and 30 Irish Republican supporters held a picket in support of Irish Republican prisoners. The supporters stood outside St Catherine’s Church in Thomas Street with banners , placards and leaflets.
Approximately two thousand leaflets were distributed – a good few of which were requested by tourists from Sweden , Denmark and the United States , to name but some places – with the bulk of the leaflets being handed to locals and to cars , vans , lorries etc , which slowed down to get a better view of the picket.
Amidst the thousands of people that were in the area over the two hours which the picket lasted for – and who were , for the most part , willing to take leaflets and talk to the Republican supporters present – only six males (as opposed to ‘men’)verbally objected : four operatives from the State ‘Special Branch’ and two uniformed gardai , all of whom harrassed the Republicans and , at one stage, tried to move them off the wide footpath where they were. With no success.
Five different leaflets were distributed at the picket , numbering about two thousand leaflets in total – a POW leaflet , outlining the issues facing our prisoners, a Dublin Easter Commemoration leaflet , a leaflet advertising a hunger-striker function on May 8th next , an RSF recruitment leaflet and a Na Fianna Éireann recruitment leaflet. As stated , the leaflets were very well-received by almost all in the vicinity !
It was two hours well spent in Dublin’s Thomas Street today ; the on-going suffering of our POW’s was highlighted and brought home to thousands of people who otherwise might not have given the issue a second thought. The Organisers are to be congratulated on a job well done!