‘Irish Lives Matter’ Graffiti, Anti-Illegal Immigrant Signage Treated As ‘Hate Incidents’ in Northern Ireland
“We are under no illusions that ‘Irish Lives Matter’ is a racist slogan which is directly counterpoised to movements against the oppression faced by black people and other ethnic minorities.”
Just when one thought it couldn’t get much more troubling than former Ultimate Fighting champ Conor McGregor being investigated by police over alleged “hate speech” after criticizing Ireland and its capital city of Dublin over the out-of-control illegal immigrant situation and their leadership failures, we’ve learned this week that Northern Ireland authorities now consider the use of pro-Irish phrases like “Irish lives matter” and anti-illegal immigrant signage as possible hate incidents:
Anti-immigration signage erected in west Belfast is being treated as a hate incident, police have said.
A sign, which appeared in the Tildarg Avenue area, said that the community “will no longer accept the re-housing of illegal immigrants.”
The poster also used an offensive term while referring to “other communities.”
Graffiti reading “Irish lives matter” was also daubed on the wall of the Kennedy Centre on the Falls Road overnight.
The BBC-NI also reported that people are being urged to contact the police if they have any information on the graffiti artists/sign erectors.
JUST IN – 'Irish Lives Matter' sign posted in Northern Ireland will be treated as hate crime, authorities say pic.twitter.com/p0gOgQlNa4
— Insider Paper (@TheInsiderPaper) November 29, 2023
Northern Ireland Legislative Assembly member Gerry Carroll, an admitted Socialist, melted down in response to reports of the signage and of course, blamed “racism” for their appearance:
People Before Profit’s Gerry Carroll said there was “no place in our society for this kind of racist poison”.
“We are under no illusions that ‘Irish Lives Matter’ is a racist slogan which is directly counterpoised to movements against the oppression faced by black people and other ethnic minorities,” he said.
Carroll’s full thoughts were expressed on the Twitter machine, where “nefarious and far-right elements” were prominently featured:
“Vile, intimidatory signs were erected in the Suffolk area calling for immigrants not to be housed there. Meanwhile, ‘Irish Lives Matter,’ was scrawled on a wall at the Kennedy Centre on Falls Road overnight,” Carroll wrote. “Nefarious and far-right elements are seeking to blame migrants, asylum seekers, and refugees for the problems caused by the rich and governments who protect and bolster corporate profits at all costs.”
“In recent days we have seen the chilling effect that the growth and intervention of far-right forces in the South can have on communities who are marginalized,” Carroll added, referring to the riots that unfolded across Dublin, the capital of the Republic of Ireland, in response to the stabbing of several people, including a woman and three children, outside a primary school in the city center. Local reports identified the suspect as an Algerian man who had become an Irish citizen after living on welfare in the country for decades.
Some disturbing, racist graffiti and signage has appeared in West Belfast over the last day or so.
Migrants, refugees and asylum seekers are welcome here. Racism is not.
We need to build a movement to stamp out this hate. pic.twitter.com/iSY4lMDZLe
— Gerry Carroll (@GerryCarrollPBP) November 29, 2023
It will shock absolutely no one to learn that Carroll, who is one of the more outspoken public officials in either country when it comes to alleged racism against minority communities, is a proponent of… anti-Semitism:
Today at 1! pic.twitter.com/x7wzNznPmA
— Gerry Carroll (@GerryCarrollPBP) November 28, 2023
The phrase “Irish lives matter” has also been seen on protest signs, as shown in the below clip from Radio Genoa:
Irish Lives Matter! Do you agree? pic.twitter.com/kvTJzIzC9A
— RadioGenoa (@RadioGenoa) November 29, 2023
Not surprisingly, Northern Ireland, which is part of the United Kingdom, takes a far more welcoming stance on the Marxist Black Lives Matter movement:
“Irish Lives Matter” = “anti-immigrant”
“Black Lives Matter” = endorsed by Parliament pic.twitter.com/epTSc0AbuJ
— John Hasson (@SonofHas) November 29, 2023
Though it’s important to distinguish between the two countries, when it comes to free speech, neither Ireland nor Northern Ireland seem to be particularly keen on the “free” part:
Following last week's Dublin riots, which started after multiple young children were stabbed at school, Ireland's new Media Commission is calling on the public to report any "hate speech" they see online to the police.
Comments by Irish Media Minister Catherine Martin. pic.twitter.com/TeF4wDjqCH
— gript (@griptmedia) November 29, 2023
Here’s a partial transcript of Media Minister Martin’s remarks (transcribed from the video):
A draft code will be published very shortly for stakeholder consultation, and this will hold the video sharing platforms accountable for how they protect their users online and will deal with extremist content like hate speech and incitement to violence.
This is a new era in which the regulators and the people they serve will be empowered to make the online world safer for all.
Sounds awfully familiar, doesn’t it?
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