New IRA confirms that terrorist groups set up after Brexit will treat them as legitimate goals
All border controls between Northern Ireland and the Republic after Brexit will be legitimate targets for attacks, the IRA claimed yesterday.
The republican terrorists warned that they were & # 39; armed actions & # 39; against border infrastructure and everyone who manned it.
A masked spokesperson for the new IRA told Channel 4 News: & # 39; We are the IRA, as reconstituted in 2012. There is only one such organization. I am authorized by the Army Council of the IRA to speak on his behalf. & # 39;
The republican terrorists warned that they were & # 39; armed actions & # 39; against border infrastructure and everyone who manned it. Pictured: a banner in Dundalk, Ireland
He spoke on behalf of the most violent and active Republican dissident group in Northern Ireland.
The new IRA has been responsible for a number of attacks in recent months, including a car bomb blast at the courthouse in Londonderry and the shooting of journalist Lyra McKee during a riot.
He was interviewed on the condition that his identity would be disguised and his voice would not be recorded.
Asked about the possibility of Brexit for a & # 39; hard & # 39; To create a border with new infrastructure such as border checkpoints or somewhere in Northern or Southern Ireland, the New IRA said: First of all, there is no Irish border. It is a British border. Since its inception, since its inception, the purpose of the IRA is to take action against all such infrastructure of British occupation. & # 39;
Asked to spell that, he continued: & The IRA is an army. And as an army, we are committed to the armed struggle for political and social change in Ireland.
A masked spokesperson for the new IRA said: & # 39; We are the IRA as it was compiled in 2012. There is only one such organization. I am authorized by the Army Council of the IRA to speak on his behalf. & # 39; Shown: the M1 border crossing at the Irish border & # 39;
& # 39; Bearing in mind every installation or aspects of British occupation within the Six Counties – whether at the border or elsewhere – any infrastructure would be a legitimate target for attacks and armed actions against those infrastructures and against the people they staff & # 39;
He said: "It is important to understand that this is a country occupied by Great Britain and, as in any colonial situation, the people there have the right to respond to that occupation by any means." # 39;
The spokesperson was then put under pressure as to whether a Brexit deal would be acceptable to the armed Irish republican regime.
Who are the new IRA?
The new IRA is the largest of the dissident republican groups operating in Northern Ireland.
It has been linked to four murders, including PC Ronan Kerr, who was killed in 2011 by a bomb under the car in Omagh.
The group is also related to the death of prison officers David Black, who was shot when driving to the Maghaberry Prison in 2012, and Adrian Ismay, who died in 2016 after a bomb exploded under his van outside his home in eastern Belfast.
The new IRA is believed to have been formed between 2011 and 2012 following the merger of a number of smaller groups, including the Real IRA – the group behind the 1998 Omagh bomb.
It is strongest in Derry, north and west of Belfast, Strabane in Co. Derry, Lurgan in Co. Armagh and bags from Tyrone.
This year the group was responsible for a car bomb outside the Bishop Street, Derry courthouse.
The car laden with explosives was left on a street in the center of town on a Saturday night in January, and dozens of people, including a group of teenagers, had passed by before it exploded.
The new IRA also claimed a number of package bombs placed on targets in London and Glasgow in March.
But he said: & # 39; Regardless of the type of occupation, whatever type of border, whether it is a soft or so-called hard border – that is irrelevant. We are talking about illegal occupation, which means that the IRA has reserved the right to attack those who maintain that illegal occupation along the border and elsewhere and the illegal division that goes with it. And those who maintain that.
& # 39; The EU and the British and the 26 country administration are constantly talking across the border as if it had been there for two minutes and the only problem with the Brexit. There has been a limit since 1921. Resistance has been offered. It is being resisted. It will be resisted regardless of which deal is formed around it. & # 39;
The spokesperson was then repeatedly asked why the IRA continued with armed violence, years after a peace process was overwhelmingly endorsed by the people of Northern and Southern Ireland.
He replied: & # 39; First, the Good Friday agreement is dead. It was replaced by various other agreements such as the Leeds Castle, St Andrews, Hillsborough deals and others. So the Good Friday agreement has been canceled. & # 39;
& # 39; Second, the Good Friday agreement was not ratified by the Irish people as a whole, but by two separate questions, depending on the statelet in which they lived. & # 39;
The new IRA member was questioned as to why the group perseveres with armed violence, with negligible support, political irrelevance and on the wrong side of history.
Yet he replied: & # 39; On the contrary, we are not the wrong side of history. No colony has ever secured its freedom without armed resistance. We have more support than the conservative party, but they rule us. We also have more support in Ireland than the Labor Party. & # 39;
He again emphasized that this comparison is wrong, because the Irish people support and vote for the Irish parties in the north and south, he said: & Well, this is mainland Ireland. The IRA is convinced that it has popular support for its goal of a 32 County Irish Republic. The political parties you refer to are silent about the armed activities of the state. For example the 25 million pound headquarters for MI5 at Palace Barracks. & # 39;
& # 39; There are 700 MI5 agents in Belfast City alone. Every PSNI officer is armed with a Glock gun or a Heckler and Koch rifle. Contrary to popular belief, thousands of British soldiers are still active in the six countries. And there are also armed pro-British death squads operating under the flag of Loyalism. & # 39;
& # 39; Therefore, the IRA will not give any lectures on morality, or the futility of violence by those who remain morally, if not tactical. & # 39;
What is the timeline of the Northern Irish problem and peace process?
The British government first sent troops to Northern Ireland to restore order after three days of riots in Catholic Londonderry
January 30, 1972:
On & # 39; Bloody Sunday & # 39; 13 civilians are shot by the British army during a civil rights march in Londonderry
The Stormont government is being dissolved and the direct rule is being imposed by London
The IRA started its bloody campaign of bomb attacks and murders in Britain
Bobby Sands, a republican on hunger strike in the maze prison, is elected to parliament. He dies a month later
An IRA bomb explodes at the Grand Hotel in Brighton, where Margaret Thatcher is staying during the Tory Party conference
Margaret Thatcher and then Sir John Major set up a secret back channel with the IRA to start peace talks. The communication was so secret that most ministers knew nothing about it.
Tony Blair helps to mediate the Good Friday agreement, which is praised as the end of the problems.
It sets up the Northern Irish meeting with David Trimble as his prime minister.
With a few exceptions, the peace process persists and republican and loyalist paramilitaries put their weapons out of use
The Queen and Prince Philip pay a state visit to Ireland, the first since the 1911 tour of George V.
At a huge symbolic moment, the queen is pictured with Martin McGuinness, a former IRA leader.
The fatal shooting at journalist Lyra McKee was another point of discussion.
She was watching riots in the Creggan district of Londonderry earlier this year.
He was asked: & # 39; Do you want to say sorry? & # 39;
He replied: & # 39; Absolutely. We listened at the time to calls from the Republican base, including but not limited to Saoradh ((note from the editors, this is the legal political organization close to the group known as the New IRA), which rightly called on the IRA to take responsibility for the tragic loss of Lyra McKee & # 39; s life and apologies.
& # 39; As we said at the time, the loss of civilian life in the conflict is a tragedy and we apologized directly to her partner, her family and her friends at the time, and on behalf of the IRA I repeat that apology now. & # 39;
The interviewer then said that Sara Canning, Lyra McKee's partner, described the IRA on camera as pedophiles in the sense that they cared for young and vulnerable people in disadvantaged areas such as Creggan.
The spokesperson replied: & I personally find that comparison grotesque. Young people have always been the backbone of the Republican struggle. They bring energy and liveliness with their activism. young people are not wanted by the Republican movement. They look it up. & # 39;
The questioner returned to the point that if the provisional IRA had not achieved its goal after more than 30 years of violence, why the current IRA thinks it can succeed for a second.
The masked man said: & # 39; It is important to point out that when you talk about the provisional IRA, you assume that some of us had no experience with it. Many of our volunteers had a lot of experience with the provisional IRA from top to bottom, from the Board of Directors to command and control, from brigade staff to the rank and file volunteers.
& # 39; That now both gives our organization a valuable insight. and the retrospective benefit of why the provisional IRA failed in all its objectives after the abolition of Stormont in 1972. & # 39;
& # 39; Although many volunteers have experience with that time, the majority of our volunteers in 2019 have no experience with it, in fact they were born after 1998. & # 39;
Finally, asked where the IRA was going in the near future, the spokesperson added: & # 39; Republicanism has always gone through peaks and troughs and at this point we remain strongly organized and to make sense of our enemy paraphrasing we are refined and capable and show increasing sophistication and resourcefulness.
& # 39; But this is a period of consolidation and reconstruction. Rebuilding is important, but it is crucial to realize that it does not reduce our operational capabilities. & # 39;
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