Protest over plans to air royal wed­ding

Bray People - - NEWS - By MARY FOG­A­RTY

AN or­gan­i­sa­tion called ‘Anti Im­pe­ri­al­ist Ac­tion Ire­land’ has postered Whale Theatre and Grey­stones town in op­po­si­tion to its sold-out royal wed­ding event.

The Grey­stones theatre will be screen­ing the nup­tials of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on Satur­day, May 19.

The group posted pho­tos of its posters last Wed­nes­day morn­ing on Face­book with the head­ing ‘#SmashNor­mal­i­sa­tion Di­rect Ac­tion Against Royal Par­a­sites in Grey­stones!’

The ac­tion was taken in re­sponse to plans by the Whale Theatre to hold a party to cel­e­brate the English royal wed­ding, which will in­clude a live broadcast of the wed­ding at the theatre, a cham­pagne break­fast and wed­ding cake.

Re­fer­ring to the peo­ple at Whale Theatre as ‘West Brits’, the group of ‘Ir­ish So­cial­ist Repub­li­cans’ said that they car­ried out a di­rect ac­tion ‘ to high­light the se­ri­ous op­po­si­tion in the lo­cal area at what is a de­lib­er­ate at­tempt to pro­mote the on­go­ing oc­cu­pa­tion of Ire­land as nor­mal’.

They put up the posters which read ‘Grey­stones Against Royal Par­a­sites. Smash British Nor­mal­i­sa­tion’.

‘All at­tempts to nor­malise the il­le­gal oc­cu­pa­tion of Ire­land by Bri­tain must be re­sisted by Repub­li­cans. Bri­tain, get out of Ire­land now!’ posted the group on Face­book.

A spokesper­son for Whale Theatre said that they host screen­ings of a large va­ri­ety of world events at the venue, in­clud­ing the Bol­shoi Bal­let from Mos­cow, opera per­for­mances from the Met in New York and Six Na­tions rugby matches. They had plans to screen the Euro­vi­sion Song Con­test but there was not much of a takeup and they will also screen the Pope’s visit to Ire­land in Au­gust on the big screen.

They had not en­vis­aged any protests to the royal wed­ding and said that they were sad­dened by it.

All 75 tick­ets for the royal wed­ding event have sold out and the theatre is op­er­at­ing a wait­ing list of 80.

The Anti Im­pe­ri­al­ist Ac­tion Ire­land group is also against RTÉ broad­cast­ing the wed­ding.

‘ The host­ing of an English Royal Wed­ding Party in Grey­stones, like the de­ci­sion by RTÉ to broadcast the wed­ding live, is part of a wider agenda to por­tray the strug­gle for Ir­ish Na­tional Lib­er­a­tion as fin­ished, and to present the re­la­tion­ship be­tween Ire­land and Bri­tain as a nor­mal one,’ the group said in a state­ment.

‘As this di­rect ac­tion shows, the il­le­gal pres­ence of British Im­pe­ri­al­ism in Ire­land will con­tinue to be re­sisted and Ir­ish So­cial­ist Repub­li­cans are com­mit­ted to chal­leng­ing and smash­ing the Nor­mal­i­sa­tion agenda,’ they said.

Posters out­side Whale Theatre.

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