Fighting political policing
The PSNI (incorporating the RUC) remain the front line of British rule in Ireland. Their premier task is defence of the state through the monitoring and crushing of political dissent, in particular organised Irish Republicanism.
Today – as in the past – the British state through their Police force regularly circumvent its own laws, regulations and self-proclaimed standards to put republican activists behind bars.
In this task they are greatly aided by British military intelligence (Mi5), the judiciary , the Director of Public Prosecutions and the Attorney General.
In recent years we have seen a conveyor belt of Internment set in motion, wherein the PSNI – often using dubious intelligence provided by the British military – have relied on the corrupt nature of the DPP and the courts in order to remand republicans, confident that a compliant media will turn a blind eye.
Across the country, vulnerable citizens are still recruited as informers, including (by the PSNIs own admittance) many children who in return for providing information on republican activists are allowed to commit anti-community crimes unchallenged.
This practice of providing immunity for anti-social criminals in return for information has led to the degradation of many once proud working class communities, where assault, vandalism, house breaking and drugs are now very real social problems.
Simultaneously, the PSNI also attempt to ingratiate themselves into working class communities adopting the veneer of ‘Community cops’ in their attempt to gain access to community centers, primary schools, parish halls and other such facilities.
RNU do their best to expose this process, using peaceful protest, awareness raising, peaceful disruption and non violent direct action.
Through exposing the reality of political policing, it is our experience that genuine community workers and community based institutions will be much less likely to allow themselves be exploited and used by the PSNIs public relations department.
The PSNI, the British state, a compliant press and judiciary as well as their allies within Irish Nationalism hope to facilitate the worst excesses of political policing under the noses of an unaware public.
In this task they hope that the people will not notice the fact that legitimate political activists are being plucked from their homes and remanded for periods of up to three years.
Modern day internment in Ireland requires the public to remain ignorant of the facts. Republican Network for Unity does its best to prevent this from being the case.