Before the media try to make a mockery of me and the lack of protesters at the PSNI/RUC line of march on St. Patrick’s Day, I am not embarrassed to say, while waiting for others to arrive I confronted the PSNI in the line of march on 44th Street between 5th Avenue and Madison Avenue carrying a sign which read: PSNI/RUC YOU ARE NOT WELCOME IN THE U.S. - GO HOME.
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In the meantime, while I stood there displaying my protest sign, several members of the Garda and the PSNI started shouting “wanker” at me. I was then approached by a very large female wearing a Garda windbreaker who tried to push me back from the line up and block my sign from the press. However, I managed to push her out of my way at which time she proceeded to yell out into the crowd, 'I’ve been assaulted while in America.' I was about to answer her when a reporter from an Irish-American newspaper approached me for a statement. At that point Sandy Boyer, of Radio Free Eireann, and a few others joined in the protest.
I presume that the media will have a field day with the lack of turnout for the protest at the line of march, but it doesn’t matter. For me, personally confronting the PSNI/RUC at their line of march was a matter of principle, given its shocking record of assassinations, collusion with loyalist death squads, its participation in the Dublin/Monaghan murder of thirty-three, Pat Finucane, Rosemary Nelson and its policy of internment without trial of Irish republicans. The good news is that the turnout to march behind the “England Get Out of Ireland” banner down 5th Avenue was EXCEPTIONAL this year.