Showing posts with label Ireland. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Ireland. Show all posts

Friday, July 22, 2016

British Imperialism's massacres of the 20th century

British massacres of the 20th century.

NOTE: The list below is indicative of British Imperialism's crimes. It does not include a number of massacres committed by the British authorities in other places of the world (e.g. Cyprus, Malvinas Islands etc.) - IDC.

Chumik Shenko massacre, Tibet, 1904.
On March 31 1904 hundreds of Tibetans were slaughtered by the British with maxim machine guns. The order from the British was “to make as big a bag as possible” [i]. The day after the massacre Colonel Younghusband who led the British invasion into Tibet stated “I trust the tremendous punishment they have received will prevent further fighting, and induce them at last to negotiate” [ii].

North King Street massacre, Ireland, 1916

At least seventeen civilians were shot and bayoneted to death by the British Army who went on a murderous rampage on North King Street and its environs.
British troops broke into the homes of locals, accused innocent people of being ‘rebels’ and murdered them. Some of the victims were buried in their gardens and cellars by the soldiers. A military inquest into the killings found that the British Army had killed civilians but army officers and civil servants covered up the findings to avoid what they called “hostile propaganda” [iii].

Friday, April 8, 2016

Communist Party of Ireland: Political Statement

Political statement.
National Executive Committee, Communist Party of Ireland.
6 April 2016.
At its regular meeting in early April the National Executive Committee of the Communist Party of Ireland evaluated the present political situation and the tasks facing both the communist and the wider working-class movement and progressive forces.
The CPI welcomes the massive turn-out of working people around the country to celebrate the 1916 Rising. Tens of thousands attended both the official government commemoration and the hundreds of locally organised community-sponsored events.
This was a very positive development, considering the decades of sustained criticism and attempts by the political establishment, the establishment media and a large section of academia to undermine and discredit the 1916 Rising as well as the long democratic struggle of the Irish people to achieve independence. Their campaign has failed, and the centenary celebrations have awakened renewed interest in the Rising, those who led it, their motivation, the goal that inspired them, and the legacy of the 1916 Proclamation’s vision of an independent Irish republic.