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category antrim | miscellaneous | press release author Wednesday December 06, 2006 13:18author by International - Ógra Shinn Féinauthor email osfnational at yahoo dot ie Report this post to the editors

On Monday (4 December), Ógra Shinn Féin held an internal activist meeting in Belfast with South African Intelligence Minister Ronnie Kasrils.

Ronnie was a former Director of Intelligence for the military arm of the ANC, Umkhonto we Sizwe (MK), is a member of the Communist Party and ANC, and was appointed to his present Ministerial role in 2004.

Ronnie spoke at length of the importance of youth in any liberation struggle, recalling his involvement in the struggle in South Africa as a teenager. He spoke candidly about his involvement with the ANC, the MK and also related his progression from a guerrilla fighter to minister stating,

“I still miss my AK – 47, but you can’t exactly be a government minister and have and AK strapped around yourself.”

The activist meeting raised many issues including racism, policing, international solidarity, transition to power, outreach, and truth and reconciliation.

Barry McColgan, National Organiser of Ógra Shinn Féin said,

“The meeting was extremely thought provoking and inspirational, many people have read or watched documentaries about the South African Struggle, but we learned a first hand account through Ronnie.”

“You don’t get an opportunity to meet with a Revolutionary Leader everyday, and so obviously Ógra used the time effectively to equip ourselves with the vast knowledge and experience of Ronnie Kasrils.”

“From the meeting it was clear that South Africa will continue to support Sinn Féin and Ógra in achieving our objectives in Ireland, we are two nations involved in one struggle!”

Related Link: http://www.osf.pro.ie


author by historianpublication date Wed Dec 06, 2006 13:22author address author phone Report this post to the editors

May indeed have been a revolutionary and paid a high price for it in the past. Now he is part of a corrupt government that can't even provide running water for the townships.

author by Garypublication date Wed Dec 06, 2006 14:43author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Dr Kadar Asmal was minister for water and got water into the townships. He did not kill anybody however so his street cred is poor.

author by radical jonnypublication date Fri Dec 08, 2006 16:17author address author phone Report this post to the editors

“From the meeting it was clear that South Africa will continue to support Sinn Féin and Ógra in achieving our objectives in Ireland, we are two nations involved in one struggle!”

...And what would that 'struggle' be?

You almost have to sit back in awe at the sheer nerve OSF and SF calling themselves revolutionaries. My guess is that they figure if OSF keep banging on about liberation struggles, no one will notice or comment on their parent party's wholesale embrace of free market capitalism.

At least Tony Blair and co. had the decency to stop singing 'The Red Flag' at Labour party conferences when they gave up any pretence of being socialists.

Sinn Fein just told the children to keep shouting about revolution. Not a bad strategy. Sure, no one will notice...

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