Trust Condemns Italian Group

December 29, 2010 · Print This Article

Danny Morrison has issued a statement on behalf of the Bobby Sands Trust condemning an Italian group for misappropriating the name and image of Bobby Sands in an attempt to garner credibility and support.

He said: “A few weeks ago we received a number of emails in relation to an Italian organisation, CasaPound Italia, reporting that it planned to or had already merchandised in the name of Bobby Sands.

“Initially, we decided to make no public statement in order not to give the group any further publicity. However, we now feel that we need to make it clear to the Italian people that this organisation never contacted the Trust for permission to use Bobby Sands’ name or image and that had they contacted us they would not have been granted permission.

“This group has no right to exploit the imagery of Irish republican hunger strikers who opposed oppression and fought for the freedom of people and we call upon CasaPound Italia to stop such misuse of Irish patriots.

“As we approach the 30th anniversary of the 1981 hunger strike we encourage all groups and organisations internationally who faithfully reflect the principles and integrity of the hunger strikers and their cause.

“Signed – Danny Morrison, Secretary Bobby Sands Trust.”


23 Responses to “Trust Condemns Italian Group”

  1. Simon McGuinness on December 29th, 2010 3:02 pm

    Maybe it is time for the trust to take action against the EU Parliament for its promotion of a fraudster of a Cuban hunger striker who they recently awarded the Sakharov Prize (the highest human rights prize of the EU) to?

    It appears that the US State Department may now be instrumental in promoting hunger strikes as a tool to discredit governments around the world which it wishes to discredit and to abuse the name of brave Irish republicans in the process.

    Surely Irish Americans can be asked to persuade Hillary Clinton to desist from such an objectionable, disrespectful and deceitful policy?

  2. Giulia on December 29th, 2010 10:56 pm

    WELL DONE!!!

  3. Mark Reid on December 31st, 2010 10:58 am

    Glad to see THIS response to the Italians and the group.

  4. Reza on January 1st, 2011 2:41 pm

    Bobby was very famous in Iran in 1981 because of his resistance, below is an image of one of our newspapers of those time in his 57th day of strike:

    It says he has lost his vision and about to die…

  5. germana (from italy) on January 2nd, 2011 10:59 am

    It is a very right decision.This fascist group has nothing do to with
    hunger strikers and their torture and suffering

  6. Féilim Ó hAdhmailll on January 3rd, 2011 4:15 pm

    If they only realised how much to the Left Bobby actually was they’d stop using him as an icon. It’s a bit like George W. Bush using Che Guevara as an icon.

  7. anti-fa on January 3rd, 2011 8:13 pm

    Good stuff, it has to be pointed out these fascists or any other fascist have nothing to do with republicanism.

  8. jasey daly on January 3rd, 2011 11:21 pm

    Always remembered
    The day when The UK rids its self of its royals is the day Britain and Ireland can truly be United and free and hold hands like brothers and sisters

  9. peter on January 4th, 2011 12:27 pm

    hi all its great to see the hunger strike legacy being carried on in todays politics at stormont it shows me we are still here.i dont know pat sheehan personally but i seen him one saturday in the city centre and i says to him congrats pat and he replied thanks.i was tempted to introduce myself to him but i was to humble ,he seems like a nice guy.and pat you will always have my vote,,peter.

  10. mark on January 4th, 2011 3:41 pm

    The Italian group Casapound, that is using the name and the fame of Bobby Sands, is a fascist group that reclaims publicly the Fascist ideology and that has been responsable of many aggressions to left activists and foreign people. It’s very important that the Trust condamns the improper use that italian fascists groups are used to do of the figure of Bobby Sands.

  11. Patriot on January 5th, 2011 6:38 pm

    Its ironic that given Mussolinis demands for a British withdrawal from the 06 Counties, red ‘Republicans’ slate his political offspring in Italy today. Ironic that the same hypocrites write constant love-letters to the two greatest mass-murderers of all time, Mao and Stalin. Neither of whom gave a damn about Ireland and were too busy burying Catholic Priests alive.

  12. saoirsebhoy on January 9th, 2011 4:32 am

    Great to see the trust speaking out against casapound but felt its a chance missed to state that the trust and the republican movement are totally opposed against any fascist group group using imagery of republicans or for them to try and make a connection between our struggle and their hate filled views,i do know alot of comrades feel the statement was very soft and no mention of them being a fascist group,this was a chance missed to send a message to all fascists that our struggle is NOT their struggle

  13. AlexTheRed on January 14th, 2011 11:16 am

    Patriot shutup. No leftist that I know of today makes any apologies for what stalin and mao did. i personally hate the two for giving socialism a bad name. Mussolini was doing what he usually did… sticking his nose where it wasnt wanted.
    Yes Northern Ireland is a troubling issue but there are more important conflicts in the world.

  14. italirish on January 16th, 2011 7:19 pm

    Hi! Italian Fascists have always supported the Irish Republican cause because it is a just cause, despite differences in political views. It may seem strange but the extreme right has often similar views to those of the extreme left.
    You have to remember that the origins of fascism are socialist, that Mussolini was also favorable to the Irish cause, and that Britain (bristish capitalism) was seen as the worst enemy of all the peoples of Europe
    Songs, books, posters celebrating the Irish nationalists have always been in the headquarters of Italian right-wing organizations.
    I agree with you that no one can make profit on the image of Bobby Sands, who is both right and left!

  15. the viking rebel on January 18th, 2011 3:52 am

    Any political group that would use foreign martyrs to further causes diametrically opposed to the martyr’s cause should be imprisoned in H-Block and let our patriots return home. I am an american, and I as an Irish decendant wholeheartedly support the cause for freedom and unity of Eire. Neo-Fascists such as this Italian group cheapen and dishonor the fallen. Tiocfaidh Ar La’ and never forget the 10….

  16. Mark Reid on January 18th, 2011 7:41 am

    Don’t get fascism mixed up with the IRISH CAUSE. Another group called the RRQ from Quebec is trying the same crap. Both have nothing in common. Stop riding the coat tails of the IRISH REPUBLICAN movement…

  17. Daithí Ó on January 19th, 2011 12:10 pm

    The misguided belief by those on the far right in Italy must be abandoned. Read Bobby’s works, talk to his comrades and look at the cause he fought for with the army he fought in. In no corner of any of these fields are there right wing leanings. Yes, people can support whatever cause the wish, whether that support is welcomed by the recipient tells the real story.

  18. Franz on January 21st, 2011 6:10 pm

    Nothing new for italy. People in a lack of relevant “heroes” stealing the name from otre causes… I agree with daithí ó. Tanks for what you do for keeping the memory alive

  19. robert gillan on January 24th, 2011 4:51 pm

    I don’t think Bobby would have liked to see his image associated with fascists, or any other pro-authoritarian regimes.Remember the international brigades,which consisted of many fellow Irishmen who gave their all for liberty, equality and the need to smash fascism.

  20. peter on January 27th, 2011 10:21 am

    hi i came from down the falls area granville street ,i was about 10 years behind jimmy quigley.when i played football around those streets and in cold nights huddled in corners talking having a bit of crack,i often thought that these were the very things jimmy and his comrades were doing when they were our age at the very same street corners or in a hot day up to the dunville park or up to the falls park to the cooler.things were good ,the the british anglo saxon troops arrived in to our district wrecking killing our people,now if these murderous british troops had not came to ireland ,maybe jimmy and the likes of many a young man would be alive today,probably working or so on.the troubles took there toll on the irish people.and now we have the legacy as i knew nothing but troubles,today its different i have a 5 year old daughter and she does not know what trouble is,so jimmy quigleys life was not in vain,its because of the likes of these young men we are where we are today.i heard there was a song out about jimmy quigley many years ago if anyone has a copy i would be great ful if they could post it on this site,,sinnfein voter.

  21. Teddy Contreras on March 7th, 2011 6:05 am

    Any memorial day planned in Belfast this year?

  22. Valentina (from Italy) on March 29th, 2011 8:44 am

    I’m very pleased to read this statement because that fascist group has nothing to do with an hero as Bobby Sand was. They are not even entitled to call his name as they don’t know what is the struggle for freedom and for dignity. I bet that they didn’t know who Bobby Sand was.

  23. CasaPound Firenze on May 11th, 2011 9:25 am

    Following the announcement released by the Bobby Sand Trust and regarding the presumptuous consumerist use of Bobby Sand image, CasaPound Florence feels the need to explain its position.
    We intend to do so both giving a detailed account of the occurrence and clarifying the purpose of the contested action.

    The fifth of May the Florentine section of CasaPound put up 250 posters figuring Bobby Sand’s face with the purpose of commemorating his death and the one of his comrades. No marketing purpose was attempted: we dare anyone to state the opposite bringing concrete proof of it. Bobby Sand was remembered in the anniversary of his death for the example he conveyed. We do not recognize anything commercial in this purpose.

    CasaPound has always remembered characters coming from any political background that, for a reason or another, constitute the pillar of our idea of free man: as for Bobby Sand, philosophers like Giovanni Gentile, politicians like Alessandro Pavolini, fighters like Ernesto Che Guevara, entrepreneurs like Enrico Mattei up to songwriters like Rino Gaetano.

    It’s therefore clear that the offense declared by the Bobby Sand Trust is the product of a false rumor spread by some gossipmongers more interested in discrediting our movement than in protecting Bobby Sand image. Episodes like this one demonstrate unequivocally the enormous political gap existing between these jackals and Casapound.

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