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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Equality Can’t Wait

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A shortage in low-income housing is highlighted in the #buildhomesnow campaign which has put up lots of small boards (such as the one in the image below, on Divis Street) and the mural shown above, which is in the New Lodge. The site of the old Mackie’s factory is one particular location the campaign says could be redeveloped. (See articles from BMG and Participation & Practice Of Rights.)
For another shot of the mural on the right, see The Great Hunger (2).
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The F-Bomb

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Three F-bombs today in a concentrated package. Above we have the PSNI and the IRA combined into one (and next to a swastika, not shown) in Maladon Street, south Belfast. Below, we have “Fuck the TV man, part 3” in Roulston Street in London-/Derry’s waterside. And finally, there is is “Fuck DAAD fags” on the New Lodge Road in north Belfast. “DAAD” stands for “direct action against drugs”, a group which counted Kevin McGuigan and Jock Davison as members (both of whom were killed in a feud this summer) and now goes by “AAD”. (For AAD and the murders of Davison and McGuigan see Irish News | Belfast Telegraph | Guardian.)
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Now Open For Business

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“We have the gear” on a blocked-up door on Stratheden Street.
See previously: Delivery Instructions
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The Right To Be Happy

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The life of a child in the New Lodge of the 1900s was one of poverty, disease, mill work, and being displaced by German bombers in 1941, with only a lamppost swing and marbles for relief. (It was also in black-and-white.) The struggle for young people’s rights “to be loved, to family life, to freedom of expression, to life, to your own beliefs, not to be bullied, to be safe from war, to privacy, to play, to be happy” continues in the panels on the right-hand side.
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The Reason That We Are Being Tortured

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Bobby Sands above and Che Guevara below. Above, RNU/Cogus stencil (“End forced strip search, controlled movement”) with republican boards in the background (“Belfast Brigade ONH”, “Until none are free we are all imprisoned”, and portraits of the hunger strikers) above a quote from Bobby Sands: “We all know the reason that we are being tortured – because we are political dissidents, POWs, and we won’t bend the knee or conform”.  Below, stencil of the iconic Che over his father’s words: “[In my son’s veins flowed the] Blood of an Irish rebel”. (See previously: Che Guevara Lynch)
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Support The Prisoners

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A repainted “Support the POWs” next to the New Lodge grotto. The image below shows the flats directly behind the writing.
Previously: BVM Supports POWs
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Mise Éire/I Am Ireland

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The local New Lodge GAA club Cumman an Phiarsaigh is named in honour of Patrick Pearse, executed after the 1916 rising. The club’s new mural features footballers contesting a ball and Pearse’s image appears at the centre of a celtic cross along with part of his 1912 poem Mise Éire in the bottom corner (shown below in a close-up). Painted by Lucas Quigley and Michael Doherty. Replaces ‘New Lodge 2000’.

Mise Éire: Sine mé na an Chailleach Bhéarra.
Mór mo ghlóir: Mé a rug Cú Chulainn croga.
Mór mo náir: Mo chlann féin a dhíol a máthair.
[Mór mo phian: Bithnaimhde do mo shíorchiapadh.
Mór mo bhrón: D’éag an dream inar chuireas dóchas.]
Mise Éire: Uaigní mé ná an Chailleach Bhéarra.

I am Ireland: I am older than the old woman of Beare.
Great my glory: I who bore Cuchulainn, the brave.
Great my shame: My own children who sold their mother.
[Great my pain: My irreconcilable enemy who harasses me continually.
Great my sorrow: That crowd, in whom I placed my trust, died.]
I am Ireland: I am lonelier than the old woman of Beare.

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Can We Have Our Ball Back?

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The football games of many New Lodge youngsters came to an abrupt end when their balls got caught behind the guard-rail of an upstairs window of an abandoned house. A rusted satellite dish keeps watch.
The day after this image was taken, this part of the street was converted into a riot zone, including a burnt-out car, for a new U2 single, ‘Every Breaking Wave’ (to be released 2015-01-15), though there was no sign of Bono, Edge, Larry, or Adam (atu2BelTel). It is not yet known if the balls survived the shooting.
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Unbowed, Unbroken

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Above is a recent mural by Damian Walker in the New Lodge, in support of republican prisoners in Maghaberry, showing a single shirtless prisoner with a flower (? – see the close-up below) surrounded by three baton-wielding officers. Sponsored the 32-county sovereignty movement.
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