One of the greatest injustices faced by the working class has always been the criminal greed of landlordism. For centuries in Ireland excessive rent rates have forced the people to their knee’s.

Over the past few years there has been a dramatic increase in individuals using vulture funds to buy up as much land and property at low cost in working class areas. They then build high end apartments, offices and other infrastructure to entice big business into the area. All this coupled with the decrease of social housing and an increase in rent prices forces low income working class families out of the area, paving the way for more corrupt capitalists to make a fortune, this is gentrification.

One way these parasites are gaining support and building a facade of legitimacy, is by running seminars where they school possible investors (current and future landlords) on how to go about spending as little money as possible while gaining huge profits in return, all off the back of our communities. One such group named Belfast Property Meet, holds monthly seminars at the MAC theatre in Belfast city centre, a supposed cultural hub with a focus on the arts as well as claiming to be family and community friendly.

On Thursday 6th January at 7pm this parasitic group of landlords and business capitalists will be holding one of their meetings at the MAC. There will be a protest held from 6.30pm at the entrance to show these people that their interests are a detriment to working class communities and are not wanted. We would encourage all Republicans, socialists, trade unionists, community and human rights groups to attend and show your support.

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  • 32CSM

    The 32 County Sovereignty Movement sends fraternal new year greetings to all republican and socialist comrades throughout Ireland and stand in solidarity with imprisoned republicans in British and Free State gaols.  We also send revolutionary greetings to all peoples struggling for liberation and justice throughout the world.      As we face into a new year where the Covid pandemic still looms large in our communities we reiterate our stance that community solidarity and common sense offers the best rebuttal to the effects of the pandemic.      Irish republicans must use the forthcoming year to fundamentally re-evaluate the political and strategic direction of Irish republicanism. As we stand now that political and strategic direction is moribund.      The mantle of Irish republicanism can only be inherited by those who have ideas to advance it. There is a clear deficit from all republican groups for such ideas which means simply advocating a group name is a meaningless political act. Predictable repetition is not a revolutionary activity.      Irish republicans have a revolutionary obligation to provide the youth of Ireland with a credible platform for resistance. The enthusiasm of youth is the vigor of any nation; its misuse for ill-conceived exploits represents a serious breach of trust.      Serious questions continue to be posed concerning the current use of armed actions and the negative repercussions, not only on the broader republican struggle, but on the struggle of individual families who have members imprisoned. The right to use disciplined armed struggle is not in question; its irresponsible use is and that is a nettle which republicans need to grasp if other forms of effective resistance are to emerge.      In essence what we face now is a watershed moment that the Republican Movement faced after the ending of the Border Campaign. In an act of political and military competence a ‘Dump Arms’ order was issued, and stock taken of the political status quo.      The Republican analysis is not in the national narrative and we only have ourselves to blame for that. As we straddle the centenaries of our revolutionary period our voice should be the most relevant of all. Instead, Irish sovereignty is at the mercy of a British controlled Border Poll with no political appetite in the Irish body politic for constitutional change.      2022 must be the year that Irish republicans address and resolve the fundamental internal problems that are proving a major stumbling block to the republican struggle. We cannot leave it any longer! Beir bua.


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  • 32CSM

The Cork 32 County Sovereignty Movement recently supported an anti-eviction action carried out by the Community Tenants Action Union (CATU).

The eviction was occurring under the premise that the property was sold however the tenants were not notified at any stage. The landlord had also came to the property and removed the fuse to the electricity box unbeknown to the tenants who were not present. The tenants have also discovered that the money they were paying for their bills was not being used to pay the bills which remain in the landlord’s name. This was clearly an attempt to pocket the money as well as each tenant’s deposit. Without electricity the tenants could not utilise basic facilities and were forced to cook their food over an open fire as shown in the photograph.

Despite the tenant’s attempts to make contact with the landlord involved as well as the agency managing the property, they were met with a wall of silence. Activists are providing help and support to the tenants in this on-going process and in a small victory were able to return power to the tenant’s home enabling them to cook and utilise a heating system during the very cold winter weather.

In a more sinister turn activists have identified the new landlord as being previously linked to a human trafficking operation which involved the exploitation of immigrants. This included exploiting immigrant workers, denying them basic rights such as fair pay & breaks, renting slum accommodation at extortionate prices and exploiting women by using them as sex workers.

The 32 County Sovereignty Movement will continue to support these initiatives to help oppose the exploitation of of the working class and expose slum landlordism. We encourage all members of the public to support these initiatives on a unified basis as these predatory landlords continue to be a plague on our society.

Let us be clear that a home is not a luxury but a human right. Our country! Our communities!

Beir Bua

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