39TH ANNIVERSARY OF ‘BLOODY SUNDAY’ : DUBLIN GPO PICKET , SATURDAY 29TH JANUARY 2011 - BRIEF REPORT AND PHOTOGRAPHS.
At 11.30am today , three RSF members met , as arranged, beneath the Pillars of the GPO in O’Connell Street , Dublin , where they were each given 300 leaflets and were allocated an area in which to distribute those leaflets. As that was being arranged , about twenty-five other RSF activists were leaving Teach Dáithí Ó Conaill in Parnell Street to make their way to the traffic isle facing the GPO and, once there, proceeded to take up position , facing the GPO , and began a picket to commemorate the events of Sunday , January 30th , 1972 : ‘Bloody Sunday’.
Five ‘Special Branch’ operatives were ‘on hand’ for most of the two hours and fifteen minutes that the RSF members were ‘on site’ for , and they recorded the details of all present and attempted to intimidate on-lookers and tourists from approaching those on the protest , but with little success : dozens of people came over to the traffic isle to speak with the RSF members , take leaflets (of which almost one thousand were distributed) and posed between the placards and banners for photographs.
Full marks to Republican Sinn Féin for their work in Dublin City Centre today ; about 30 of their Dublin members and/or supporters stood their ground at the GPO today for over two hours, withstanding the icy breeze that seems to be ever-present in O’Connell Street , refusing to be ‘moved on’ by the political police and distributing almost one-thousand ‘Bloody Sunday’ leaflets - a ‘job’ well done , and appreciated by the dozens of people that came over to talk to these representatives of the Republican Movement. A full report , and more photographs , will be published in the February 2011 issue of ‘Saoirse’ , which goes to print on Wednesday , 9th of that month.
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