Message from Cork 32CSM.

The presence of a naval gunship belonging to the British Royal Navy and aligned to NATO forces, in an Irish port raises fundamental questions concerning neutrality.

Currently British and NATO forces are, among other things, engaged in the direct provision of military equipment to the imperialist conflict in Ukraine which begs the question; is the presence of this warship, under armed Garda protection, a part of that process?

At a time when Irish citizens are experiencing a cost of living crisis as a direct consequence of that conflict perhaps those who fawned over the recent platinum jubilee of the commander in chief of British armed forces could explain to the Irish people precisely where their priorities lie?

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Statement from Belfast 32CSM.

Yesterday, Tuesday 14th June, a highly controversial “orange arch” was erected in Glengormley against the wishes of the majority of residents in the area.

SinnFein had the opportunity to deny this display of sectarian bigotry being erected but instead gave the go ahead for it.

The PSNI blocked roads refusing access to residents and causing traffic disruption in order to facilitate loyalist paramilitaries bringing in heavy lifting equipment. This adds to the current belief of collusion between the PSNI and loyalist paramilitaries, particularly after reports this week that the assistant chief constable Bobby Singleton knew about the guns and ammunition found in the possession of north Belfast UVF leader Winston ‘winkie’ Irvine when he was arrested last week.

For years local residents have campaigned against this sectarian display and for years their plea's have fallen on deaf ears, again to placate loyalist paramilitaries operating in the area.

Speaking with some residents last night they all mentioned that there was an air of tension this year that hasn’t been felt in a long time especially after recent threats of violence by loyalist paramilitaries and politicians.

We will continue to liaise with locals and offer any help we can. We would also advise everyone living in the area to remain vigilant and be safe.

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Statement from Belfast WolfeTone/McCracken cumann 32CSM.

Homes and businesses in the Oldpark area of North Belfast have been attacked yet again this evening by loyalists throwing bricks, bottles and timber, taxi’s leaving Ardoyne have also been attacked. A PSNI helicopter is now circling low over Ardoyne and has been for time, instead of circling loyalist area’s to find those responsible for the trouble.

Over the past week or two loyalists have been heightening sectarian tensions around north Belfast with union flags being erected directly beside nationalist homes in Ardoyne and on the predominantly nationalist Cavehill Road.

Coming into the loyalist marching season tensions are already high with nationalist area’s expecting to be sealed off and swamped with heavily armed British crown forces to facilitate the sectarian marches.

Adding to the tensions are recent statements from loyalist politicians and paramilitaries of a ‘return to war’ and sectarian attacks if the current trade protocol isn’t scrapped and a hard border put on the Island of Ireland.

We will be monitoring the situation through the night and over the coming days and would advise everyone living in flashpoint area to remain alert.

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