Know Your Rights
Date:1980 c.
Organisation: Sinn Féin
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Commentary From The Cedar Lounge Revolution

3rd February 2014

Many thanks to the person who donated this document to the Archive.

This 6 page long document is a short but detailed leaflet that covers all the issues that may arise on being arrested in the Republic, from psychological to practical and other issues. It notes the various stages from the initial arrest, where one will be held, interrogation and the necessity to be aware that making ‘any kind of statement, even a verbal one, is as bad as a written one’. It also notes that (at the time) ‘the most you will have to stick it out [is] for 48 hours – if you break it could be years before you get home’. And it asserts that:

…you might also remind yourself about the shame it will bring on you and your family to be known as an informer for the rest of your life. A lot of people would like to get a second chance because they made a mistake and talked while in the barracks.

It’s worth noting that this is one amongst many documents issued by PSF during this period on a very wide range of subjects. Each month it is intended to post one up in the Archive.

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