Socialist Republican Group Blames West for War in Ukraine, Praises INLA ‘NATO’ Bombings
The Irish Republican Socialist Party (IRSP), which has always been associated with the paramilitary group, made the comments online this week.
The most recent election results the News Letter could find for the IRSP were for the 2011 municipal elections, when the party garnered 2,133 votes (0.3% of the total), winning no seats.
The party would contest the next Assembly election for the first time, with one candidate, Dan Murphy, in west Belfast.
Despite this, the IRSP is not registered as a party with the Electoral Commission (having been deregistered in 2019).
His Facebook post condemned what he described as “the Ukrainian government sanctioning, arming and endorsing an open neo-Nazi battalion called the Azov Battalion.”
Writing in Washington DC’s Foreign Policy magazine, journalist Michael Colborne claims that this unit has displayed “far-right, often downright neo-Nazi affiliations”, and he detailed its ties to the Ukrainian government, saying its overtones Nazis “are often downplayed”. or ignored.
The IRSP’s message went on to praise “the legitimacy of the 2014 referendums on democratic independence”.
This is a reference to two major polls held in the eastern region of Donbass, which gave overwhelming results in favor of separation from Ukraine, but which have been denounced as having “no credibility”. by the British government.
The IRSP continued: “The conflict in Ukraine today did not start in 2022, it started in 2014 and can be directly attributed to NATO expansionism in Eastern Europe.
“NATO has a murderous history of maintaining Western imperialist hegemony with brute force, we witnessed this in Yugoslavia and in subsequent invasions of Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Syria and Yemen, and the continued support of fascist regimes around the world like Israel.
“Since 1974, the IRSP has opposed NATO, and in 1982, in an act of solidarity with our socialist comrades around the world, INLA volunteers bombed Mount Gabrial [sic] Radar domes used by NATO during the “Cold War”.
It is reminiscent of an attack on Mount Gabriel in County Cork, where at 3:30 a.m. in September 1982 an INLA team grabbed two technicians on duty, tied them up and detonated explosives around the installation (which the Irish government insisted was an air traffic control station). , not a NATO facility).
The IRSP added: “Make no mistake, NATO is the greatest threat to world peace.
“The conflict in Ukraine is not just black and white, it is a conflict that dates back nearly 20 years with NATO expansionism to the east providing a major catalyst and confrontation that threatens the very existence of mankind.
“We reiterate our calls for a peaceful resolution to the ongoing conflict in Ukraine, we call for military restraint to avoid unnecessary civilian casualties from the war in the region and we send our continued support to our comrades in Donbass and Luhansk.”
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