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Solidarity by Richard Boyd Barrett to people of Egypt

Solidarity message sent by Richard Boyd Barrett, member of the Irish parliament to Condemn the Bloody Sunday Massacre in Egypt! For Muslim and Christian unity against the counter-revolution.
Richard Boyd Barrett

Solidarity message sent by Richard Boyd Barrett, member of the Irish parliament to Condemn the Bloody Sunday Massacre in Egypt! For Muslim and Christian unity against the counter-revolution.

It was with both sadness and anger that I heard of the terrible events of Sunday October 9th in Cairo, when over twenty Coptic Christian protesters were killed by the armed forces of the Egyptian State.

As an elected deputy (TD) in the Irish Parliament (The Dail) it was impossible not to recall the events of another Bloody Sunday – the one that occurred in the city of Derry in Northern Ireland on Sunday 30 January 1972, when 13 unarmed citizens were shot and killed by the British Army for the ‘crime’ of demanding their basic democratic and civil rights. In the case of the Irish Bloody Sunday it took 38 years of campaigning before the truth about that massacre was acknowledged by the British Government (on 15 June 2010, as a result of the twelve year long Saville Inquiry). There must be no repetition of this policy of cover up and denial in relation to the Egyptian Bloody Sunday. Rather the Egyptian Government should accept its responsibility and resign forthwith, and there should be an immediate open, democratic inquiry into establish the truth of what took place and hold the guilty to account.

We in Ireland have long experience of the suffering and bitterness caused by sectarian and religious conflict. Egypt must not go down this path. We know also that sectarianism, like racism, is always a weapon of reaction and counter-revolution. That it is invariably used to divide the people and deprive them of their rights. In Ireland Protestant was set against Catholic, in Egypt the attempt is made to set Muslim against Christian, in many parts of Europe it is Muslims who are the chosen scapegoats. In all these cases all genuine democrats have a duty to resist the tactics of divide and rule and defend the unity of the people.

In Ireland many of us followed with admiration and joy the magnificent and heroic revolution of the Egyptian people against the hated Mubarak regime. This great revolution has inspired freedom loving people throughout the Middle East and throughout the world. This revolution must continue, it must develop, it must move forward to achieve full democracy and full social justice for all. On no account should it allow itself to be diverted into the abyss of sectarian conflict.

Richard Boyd Barrett TD
People Before Profit Alliance

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