Wrong Colour

A Statement from Roe 4 Republican Prisoners, Maghaberry accuses prison management of inflicting hardship on both prisoners and their families. 
Republican Prisoners wish to highlight once again an attack on our families and visitors today, 8th September 2017.

A two-year-old child was denied access to his father because the jail claimed that the colour of the child’s footwear was unacceptable.

This comes just two weeks after the Stormont Justice Department issued an apology to the family of the five-year-old child of another Republican Prisoner after the jail had forced him to remove his T- shirt during a visit because of its colour.

Other visitors, who had travelled from Dublin, were also stopped today by the heavily criticised and ineffective passive drug dog. These dogs have consistently been used to disrupt the visits of Republican Prisoners despite the fact that NIPS have conceded that there is no issue with drugs on the Republican Wing and objective bodies have encouraged them to exercise discretion in cases involving our visitors. They insultingly claim that they offer closed visits in such circumstances as a means of deflecting criticism, yet these are a degrading draconian arrangement involving a Perspex screen dividing prisoners and visitors.

These incidents follow in a long line of attacks on families by NIPS as a means of harassing Republican Prisoners and it is clear that NIPS believe it can continue this trend with impunity.

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Anthony McIntyre

Former IRA prisoner, spent 18 years in Long Kesh. Free Speech advocate, writer, historian, humanist, and researcher.

4 comments to ''Wrong Colour"

  1. im confused, what would the guards say is the issue with the colour?

  2. DaithiD,

    camouflage colour - which is not allowed into the prison as clothing for prisoners but there was never an issue if a visitor wore clothing that was prohibited for wear by prisoners. The most likely explanation is that some petty minded cog found a way to exercise a bit of power over a child. Is it the view of prison management? We shall see.

  3. Oh how bizarre, clothing which ironically flags attention. My first thought was it might be Black, in reference to David Black.

  4. The aspect of the republican prisoners that they don't seem to understand is that their plight is of absolutely no concern to the nationalist public at large. It is as akin to what Stormont means to the people of the South and talked about just as much........nothing. The real issue is how to over turn that thinking.


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