A spokesperson for prisoner support group Cogus said Hughes had been told it was due to the “outline of an old 50s rifle” on the cover.
“They have faced ongoing harassment and intimidation from the state while providing aid on the streets.
These raids are a blatant attempt to stop republicans embarrassing the state by showing how they have failed the people.
“This is not anti-British, it’s a human rights issue. My mother is English and all one side of my family is British,” he told the Cork Evening Echo. Yes, I’m a former Sinn Fein councillor and a former prisoner myself but I’m also a politician and this issue is purely about human rights.
If it was any other group of prisoners that were receiving the same kind of treatment as republican prisoners, I’d be speaking out as well,” he added.
Saoradh estimated the number of Gardai involved in these raids is 60.
“With recent cuts to overtime and the lack of rural policing along with the high profile gangland feud in Dublin and the drugs epidemic, this is a shocking misuse of resources,” they said.
It was prohibited just days before it was broadcast on the BBC.
The Cogus spokesperson described the move as “sectarian” and “alludes to an agenda that is both anti-Irish and anti-nationalist.
Posted by Jim on February 10, 2018 Sinister agenda of prison authorities Republican prisoners have condemned the authorities in Maghaberry prison over a new clampdown on educational and historical materials at the jail.