The Last Post

One female and one male volunteer stand with bowed heads in the Republican memorial garden in Beechmount Avenue.
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Campaign For Truth

The McGurk’s Bar bombing of December, 1971 killed fifteen people – the most in a single incident during the troubles – capping what had already been a bloody year, including the “Ballymurphy Massacre” of July, in which 11 died, and starting another round of killings that would spread into the new year. Campaigners for an inquiry were busy this week in both Dublin and Belfast (Irish News).
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text: X02893 “At 8:47 pm on saturday december 1971 a no-warning bomb planted by british terrorists exploded on the doorstep of family-run mcgurk’s bar. fifteen innocent men women and children perished. those who were not crushed or slowly asphyxiated by masonry where horrifically burned to death when shattered gas mains burst into flames beneath the rubble. nearly the same again were dragged from the debris alive. in the aftermath of the atrocity the british and unionist governments RUC police force and military disseminated disinformation bomb was in-transit civilians guilty by association if not complicit in this act of terrorism despite a mountain of forensic evidence witness statement escaped into the night for 40 years since campaigned constitutionally and with great dignity themcgurksbarmassacre.com”

Ulster Defenders Of The Realm

Privates Fred Starrett and James Cummings died in an IRA bombing on Belfast’s Royal Avenue on February 24th, 1988. Both Orangemen, their deaths are commemorated every year by a parade from east Belfast to the city centre. Shown in today’s post are two panels (of four) from a new UDR commemorative wall in east Belfast.
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Old Skool

“Get back to the old skool” – wild-style writing from members of TMN in North Street.
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Bloomfield House

The 100th anniversary plaque and board shown in today’s post are on the spot of Bloomfield House, where guns from Clyde Valley were held for the East Belfast battalion of the Ulster Volunteers in 1914.
See also: John Henry Patterson’s involvement in Operation Lion.
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text: X04054 X04055 X04056 orangefield house gunrunners for god and ulster “When the 3rd Home Rule bill was passed by parliament in 1912, Ulster Unionists under the leadership of Edward Carson and James Craig realised that armed resistance was the only resort left to them to remain British. The Ulster Volunteer Force was formed in January 1913 and comprised of 100,000 men. East Belfast Regiment was the largest in the UVF with over 10,000 men divided into 6 Battalions: 1st Ballynafeigh & Newtownbreda, 2nd Willowfield, 3rd Mountpottinger, 4th Victoria, 5th Avoniel, 6th Strandtown & Knock. Major Fred Crawford was tasked with procuring weapons and ammunition. On 24/25th April 1914 he did just this when he landed 25,000 rifles and 3,000,000 rounds of ammunition from Clyde Valley at Larne and Donaghadee in Operation Lion. These munitions were taken all over the country, and a consignment was sent to East Belfast UVF. Part of this consignment was concealed in the grounds of Bloomfield House, which stood on this location.”

Young Peacebuilders

Colombian artist Andres Gonzales (Fb | Flickr) was in town recently and painted two pieces in the city centre. Above, a “young peacebuilders” #youth4peace mural in North St; below, “Feel” in Garfield St.
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The Truth Will Out

Calls for “truth” and “justice” concerning the killing in August, 1971, of 11 people from Ballymurphy, by the 1st Parachute Regiment during Operation Demetrius, the beginning of internment.
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“11 people in west Belfast from the Greater Ballymurphy neighbourhood were murdered by the British Army as internment without trial was violently carried out on August 9th, 1971. Proper police investigations were never undertaken and one has served a day in prison for causing these deaths. The familys of those murdered deserve and demand the truth be told by the state about its policies and actions of those who carried them out.”

Respect For All

Two final pieces from the #ae17 election campaign. Above, a somewhat menacing crocodile waits impatiently for an Irish-language act: “Meas do chách – Acht na Gaeilge anois!” (“Respect for all – Irish language act now!”) The white circle on red is the logo of An Dream Dearg, an Irish-language campaign (Irish News); the crocodile stems from DUP leader Arlene Foster’s response to Sinn Féin demands for an Act, when she said “If you feed a crocodile, they’re going to keep coming back and looking for more.” (BBC-NI | video at RTÉ) She later said she regretted the remarks as they allowed her to be demonised during the campaign (BelTel).
Below, Saoradh’s plea that “A vote for Stormont equals a vote for British rule – Don’t vote! Reject the quislings and Brit collaborators.” (See also: Stormont Must Go)
Previously: Previously from the 2017 Assembly Elections: Tapaigh An Deis | End The Age Of the Dinosaurs | Keep Belfast Clean | Hard Border | The Burning Issue
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Young Militants

Ulster Young Militants (UDA youth wing) board on a wall in the lower Shankill estate that has painted over (multiple times) to cover graffiti.
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The Scream

Of his famous painting, Edvard Munch said “I stopped and looked out over the fjord — the sun was setting, and the clouds turning blood red. I sensed a scream passing through nature; it seemed to me that I heard the scream. I painted this picture, painted the clouds as actual blood. The color shrieked. This became The Scream.” (WP) Above: A Belfast yell with clouds of “peace” line green.
For a 1993 use of the actual Munch painting, see Give Them That Screamin’ Feeling!
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