Saturday, June 11, 2005

Fianna and Members of RSF Attacked After Frank Gartland Function

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Posted on the Irish Republican Bulletin Board by P.R.O. Na Fianna √Čireann

Members of Na Fianna √Čireann, supporters and members of RSF were in a senior member of Na Fiannas house in Tallaght celebrating the success of the Frank Gartland Tribute night on Friday . The
celebrations went on into the early hours . At approximately 05.45
members of the ERU (Emergency Response Unit) and members of the Special Branch appeared at the living room and kitchen windows
brandishing handguns . There were calls for the front door to be
opened , while the Fian was in the process of unlocking the front
door it was broken in on top of him by battery ram . Fianna members
and RSF members were kicked and beaten and had 9mm handguns shoved in their faces . Fianna supporters in the house also had guns pointed at them and received kicks and punches .

Na Fianna and others present struggled with the Free Staters and
tried to defend themselves but received only harsher beatings for
this . The people who were not members of Na Fianna were then locked in a room under armed guard while the house was ransacked and sleeping Fians and supporters were dragged downstairs to receive the same treatment as their comrades .

RSF members from Kerry and from the 6 occupied counties were then both arrested under section 30 of the offences against the state act and taken to Tallaght barracks . The occupants of the house were held captive there for more than two hours .

We hope to show you the photographs of just some of the injuries
received by those present in the house . It is Na Fiannas opinion
that this was an attempt by the 26 county Free State to steal the
money raised from the function in as they did with the money raised by RSF at the Ard Fheis .

A member of Na Fianna with Cerebal Palsy was also assaulted . He was thrown over a sofa which caused him to hit his head on some
banisters . He was then kicked in the head above the hairline, and if
that wasnt enough he then had an ERU member stand on his head for
about 5 minutes . He was also repeatedly searched and refused permission to use the toilet .

The cot of the Fians baby (less than 6 months old) was dismantled
and then irreparably damaged.
When asked for Identification a number of Gardai replied "Fuck off" and "go fuck yourself". No warrant was shown . Several of those present were handcuffed for the duration of the attack .

This was not a simple raid, this was an attack . This is the kind
of behaviour suffered in the 6 counties by Nationalists and Republicans from the RUC and their ilk.

The houses of the two people arrested were later on raided by the
special branch and they took away bodhrans, mirrors and hankeys.
In the case of one of the people arrested, 6 branchmen raided the house and dug up his garden.

While the men were being interogated by the Special Branch they
branchmen continually asked them to become informers and questioned them about the ballad night.The idea behind the raid was to try and take the money raised but they never got it.

The members of the 26 County police arrived in a Ford Fiesta and the ERU arrived in a white transit van complete with ladders.
This was clearly an attempt by the free to try to harass and
intimidate us but we will never fear them nor will we ever give up the
fight for a United Ireland, so their attempts are all in vain.

More information will be posted as it comes in, as will any photographs.


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