Dissident paranoia, and some neo-Nazi bedfellows…

REPUBLICAN Sinn Fein recently issued a press release warning that the “British Colonial police have hijacked the website of the Thomas Harte Cumann in Lurgan” who are “using it to gather information on visitors to the site who leave contact details etc.” Judging by the amount of recent activity on their guestbook, I don’t think they’ve too much to worry about. And another RSF statement detailed how spokesman Des Dalton addressed a conference in Italy hosted by a “local group of young political activists called ARIES Officina Nazional Popolare”. My knowledge of Italian micro-groups is a bit rusty but, according to a comment on Indymedia (now deleted, but conveniently cached here), ARIES is “linked to Le Destra (The Right) who are themselves linked to the European National Front“. And an Italian communist here (sympathetic to republicanism) described Dalton as collaborating with Italian fascists. So perhaps it’s no surprise to discover that the Real IRA and 32CSM are attracting support from far-right groups like the race-hate extremists in National Alliance. They’ve distributed a mail drop containing, according to Niall O’Dowd, “a plea to stop America turning into a Third World slum of “non-Whites,” and a leaflet calling on me to support the Real IRA and the 32 County Sovereignty Movement”. It’s not the first time Slugger has touched on the odd associates of Ireland’s ultras.