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Plaid Leader Attacks Bigotry and Racism

Sunday, November 29th, 2015

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An attempt by a far right group to stage a rally on Anglesey last weekend was thwarted when a much larger peace rally was staged as a counter.

The so called ‘Infidels of North Wales’ had scheduled the rally in Llangefni on Saturday in the wake of the ISIS attacks in Paris but a counter demonstration attended by Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood dominated the day.

Leanne Wood said:

“Racism, exclusion and attempts to divide will not be tolerated. The messages of hate that are pushed by far-right groups are not welcome.

“Those responsible for the deaths and destruction in Paris want us to be afraid. They want us to be suspicious and to turn against our Muslim neighbours, they want racial conflict.

“We must not give them what they want. If we do, they have won.”

Organisers of the counter demonstration hailed its success saying it:

“helped stop the spread of hate onto the streets of Anglesey”

A video with this article shows Leanne Wood speaking out against bigotry and intolerance.

https://www.facebook.com/leanne.wood.714/videos/937610112980339/?theater
BERNARD MOFFATT
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26/11/15

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Ireland: Shell Ready Pumps But Protesters Won the Moral Case

Thursday, October 15th, 2015

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It tore the heart out of a community. There was heavy handed policing and brutality towards protesters. Men who had never put a foot wrong in their life were jailed. The military were deployed to obstruct protest. Fishermen’s livelihoods and in some instances their boats were destroyed. There were hunger strikes.

No it wasn’t in some despotic Middle East State or some South American ‘banana republic’ it was Ireland over the last decade.

The fight of the North West Mayo community to resist the Shell oil company’s plans to bulldoze its way through their community and establish an on shore gas terminal became a fight that was publicised and supported world wide. Documentaries were made about the fight of ‘little people’ against a mighty multi-national corporation.

It could only end one way particularly as the Irish government from the outset used the full weight of the state against their own people, usurping planning law, gerrymandering the criminal law and in the final act of despotism deploying the Irish Naval Service against the protesters. Probably the most shameful act of a force tasked to defend the people – instead lining up with the multi-nationals and the ‘gombeen government’ in Leinster House.

Now the gas is ready to flow. The protesters won some concessions but failed in their main objective to have the terminal offshore.

We and many other supported them from the outset. Celtic League reported on the first meeting to organise opposition to the plan. We protested to the Irish government we protested to European bodies. However the gas will flow into the terminal soon, see link to Irish Times story by Lorna Siggins who from the outset was one of the few journalists to report on Shell and Corrib objectively and consistently.

https://www.irishtimes.com/news/ireland/irish-news/shell-corrib-project-looks-forward-to-delivering-gas-1.2386079

‘Shell to Sea’ the protest movement and other groups may not have succeeded in their objective but from the outset they commanded the moral high ground and still command it today!

Links to related items on CL News (for all reports just type Shell, Corrib or Mayo into our search facility):

https://www.celticleague.net/news/eire-mayo-message-of-support-from-celtic-league-for-jailed-shell-campaigner-11-3-2010/

https://www.celticleague.net/news/gardi-allefged-assault-at-shell-corrib-site/

https://www.celticleague.net/news/ireland-broadhaven-bay-policing-issue-coe-respond-23-2-2010/

https://www.celticleague.net/news/eire-no-role-for-military-in-policing/

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14/10/15

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Misneach: Success Over Facebook Campaign

Wednesday, September 30th, 2015

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We reported recently on the campaign by Misneach to get Facebook to stop deleting the accounts of users who submitted their names in the Irish language. (Link):

https://www.celticleague.net/news/facebook-dont-mess-with-our-names/

I am pleased to copy this statement received in the past few hours and indicating the campaign has been totally successful.

It is a clear indication of the power of an organised protest

There full statement below:

“Facebook welcomes usernames in Irish!

Two months ago it became apparent that Facebook had been deleting the accounts of users who had their names in the Irish language and requesting that they show proof of identity to confirm their “real name”. That is, their name which they use in the real world and could provide documentation for.

Recognising that this would cause major difficulties in a bi-lingual community, where not everyone registers their name with the state or has official documentation in Irish, Misneach began to organise towards a protest which it was hoped would rectify the situation.

After Misneach fixed a date for the protest, and advertised it amongst the media, Facebook made contact with the group, as well as with Conradh na Gaeilge, to organise a meeting with some of their representatives. Members of both Irish language organisations met with Facebook yesterday (29/09/2015).

Speaking after the meeting, spokesperson for Misneach Kerron Ó Luain said:
‘We had a worthwhile meeting with representatives of Facebook yesterday in Dublin. Facebook made it clear that users were welcome to change their names to Irish without providing identification. Furthermore, that they were offering refresher training to employees so that they could better understand the cultural contexts of the site’s users. And, finally, that they were working on routing problems that meant these issues were not reaching Facebook technicians with the correct knowledge.
Ó Luain continued:

‘Facebook have now given guarantees to Misneach that the discrimination against users with Irish names will cease. Moreover, they have rectified the case of Laoighsceach Ní Choistealbha which drew attention to the issue in the first place and have offered her an apology. Last night, Misneach’s national and Dublin committees voted democratically, in light of the assurances given, to not go ahead with the planned protest outside Facebook on 7 October. At this point, Misneach are satisfied that Facebook will make good on their word.

Ó Luain finished:

‘Therefore, although we welcome these assurances, we will be vigilant going forward. We know, for instance, that similar guarantees have been given to the LGBT community in America, particularly to the #MyNameIs campaign, as well as to a representative of the same community here in Ireland, and Facebook has failed to honour its commitments. Misneach raised the question of those communities at the meeting, as well as the case of Native Americans, and we hope that a more far reaching reform of the “real name” policy will be undertaken in the future, considering that not all identities can be regulated in officialdom.

But today Misneach are happy to announce a victory for Irish speakers everywhere.

The victory demonstrates, as does the victory of the Aran Islanders to maintain their airplane service yesterday, the power which lies within communities who protest. Imagine the status and position of Irish language rights if our community was more ready to mobilise to counter the many threats and attacks which are currently ranged against it!’

For more information, contact:
Kerron Ó Luain

Misneach

33 Céide na Grianóige, Ráth Cúil, BÁC 24

CRÍOCH”

Related link to the groups Facebook site here;

https://www.facebook.com/misneach2012

BERNARD MOFFATT

Issued by: The Celtic News

30/09/15

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People Seize Court: Let’s Hope This Catches On!

Saturday, September 19th, 2015

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Now here is something that stuffed shirted bewigged Manx Deemsters, apparently perpetually anchored in the 19th century, had better not hope catches on in the Isle of Man.

Integrity Ireland (I-I) which was set up to campaign against judicial malfeasance and ‘encourage openness, transparency and justice in Irish State institutions’ – especially in ‘policing, the legal profession and the Courts’ mounted something of a coup earlier this month in the Courtroom at Castlebar in Co Mayo (see link):

After I-I members applied to place the Judge and Prosecutor under citizens arrest the Judge fled. Undeterred I-I seized the Court installed its own Judge and carried on with the case. Bemused Gardai and Court officials seemed clueless as to how to deal with the matter and as chaos prevailed were turfed-out.

Eventually the Court alarm was put on to disrupt the ‘people’s court’.

The item below from the Mayo news is one of the few mainstream reports although plenty of information on the event has circulated on social media

https://www.mayonews.ie/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=22646:castlebar-court-adjourned-amid-chaos&catid=23:news&Itemid=46

Integrity Ireland as part of their campaigning have described oversight bodies set up by the State as ‘bogus, ineffective and toothless’. It sounds just like the Isle of Man!

Perhaps it’s time to establish INTEGRITY – MANN! Anyone fancy a turn in Doyle’s chair?

Related link Integrity Ireland:

https://www.integrityireland.ie/index.html

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18/09/15

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Mass Protest in Paris Inspired by Bretons

Thursday, September 3rd, 2015

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Thousand farmers are expected to protest in Paris today, a protest that the French State is not eager to see in the Capital.

It all started following a meeting on the bridge of Morlaix, Brittany, the idea was to drive up to Paris to protest against the falling food prices. Then the idea was extended to other regions and as of today, the farmers reaching Paris will hand over to lawmakers “the demands and grievances of an agricultural and rural world that is on the brink of exploding and that expects a lot from its national representatives”.

According to the agriculture minister, around 10 percent of farms in France – approximately 22,000 sites – are on the brink of bankruptcy with a combined debt of one billion Euros.

Multiple factors such as changing dietary habits, slowing Chinese demand, Russian embargo on Western products has pushed down prices for staples like beef, pork and milk.

(This news item provided by Breton CL member Joss le Gall.)

Links:

(1) Fab Papa-Ours

France – In pictures: French farmers stage tractor protest in Paris – France 24

Angry French farmers are invading Paris with an army of tractors – The Washington Post

Farmers Stage 1,000-Strong Tractor Protest In Paris

Farmers head hundreds of tractors for Paris in protest | Reuters

French Farmers Stage Tractor Protest in Paris – WSJ

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03/09/15

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Drone Protesters in Court in Wales

Friday, August 7th, 2015

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Four women have appeared in Court in North Wales charged with painting ‘anti-drone graffiti’ at Llanbedr airfield in June.

The women were part of a group which has painted slogans and displayed protest banners at the airfield following a deal between Defence Contractor QinetiQ with Llanbedr Airfield Estates to develop their UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) at the airfield.

They are allegedly to have painted daubed slogans such as “death drones” on the runway at the Airfield.

Anna Jane Evans, 52, of Caernarfon, Gwynedd, and Sian ap Gwynfor, 59, of Llandysul, Ceredigion, denied causing criminal damage, at Dolgellau Magistrates’ Court on Thursday. However Awel Irene, 61, of Penrhyndeudraeth, Gwynedd and Angharad Wyn Tomos, 56, of Caernarfon, did not indicate pleas.

Both the airfield operator and QinetiQ went to great lengths at the time to say that the vehicles they will be testing are unarmed although this is somewhat fatuous as even reconnaissance drones form part of the overall military arms trade.

The protesters belong to a group called Cymdeithas y Cymod (Fellowship of Reconciliation) which has a web site at this link:

https://www.cymdeithasycymod.org.uk/saesneg.htm

The site is well worth an in depth look. The group has supported the plight of the Islanders of Diego Garcia (also a Celtic League campaign) and they also highlight the destructions of the Welsh speaking community at Eppynt to make way for a military range in WW 2 and which has remained in MOD hands as a training site ever since. The Celtic League is also opposed to military ranges and bases in the Celtic countries

Links relating the Llanbedr protest and court case here:

https://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/anti-drone-protesters-invade-gwynedd-airfield-7263589

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-north-west-wales-33809349

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06/08/15

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Members Attend London Jubilee Protest

Tuesday, June 5th, 2012

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Members of the Celtic League attended an anti monarchy rally in London last weekend (Sunday 3rd June).

The protest, organised by anti monarchy campaign group Republic, was billed as the biggest republican protest in London in modern times. The venue of the protest was the south side of Tower Bridge, in preparation for the moment when Elisabeth II passed the end point on her barge tour of the Thames, as part of her Jubilee celebrations. The general secretary of the League, Rhisiart Tal-e-bot, who took his 5 year old daughter to the protest, said:

“This is an issue I feel strongly about, as do many of our members. I am a committed republican and Republic did a fantastic job at organising the rally. The speakers were persuasive and varied and the event was attended by a diverse range of people, which shows that the republican movement is a popular and growing one.”

Mr Tal-e-bot, who was in contact with the Chief Executive of Republic, Graham Smith, ahead of the protest, told members of the branch that Republic was planning to travel to Cornwall in the near future to meet interested parties who were keen on lobbying against the activities of the Duke of Cornwall. There is a Scottish and Welsh Republic movement, but the situation in Cornwall is a little more complicated due to the distinct constitutional situation of the Cornish nation.

The day following the protest Mr Tal-e-bot was interviewed live on Source FM in Cornwall to talk about how the protest went. Speaking on the radio Mr Tal-e-bot said:

“Unfortunately the police confiscated the Republic’s banners and megaphones and then cordoned off the area where the protesters were gathering, so that no one else could join the core protesters. The core protest numbered approximately 2-250 people, but away from the banks of the Thames a parallel protest on the road attracted an additional 1000 people.”

Flying the new Celtic League flag as part of the protest, Mr Tal-e-bot commented that it attracted a lot of attention, but was surprised at how few people recognised the Celtic flags.

“I was pleased not to see any Saltire’s flying in the crowds of red, white and blue unionist flag wavers, but I did unfortunately spot a couple of Y Ddraig Goch’s [Welsh flag]. The Union Jack flag is quite intimidating when you are surrounded by thousands of them being flown by die hard loyalists.”

League member Phil Tanner, who also attended the protest said, “Some people were aggressive towards us, but what I couldn’t get over was when people began booing us when we chanted ‘You say Monarchy, we say democracy!’ I mean, what is all that about?”

Human rights campaigner Peter Tarchell and journalist Joan Smith were two of a number of people who addressed protesters during the five hour protest. Video footage of the day can be found on Celtic League TV.

Related Links:
https://www.youtube.com/user/celticleaguetv?feature=mhee
https://groups.yahoo.com/group/celtic_league/message/3840
https://groups.yahoo.com/group/celtic_league/message/3724
https://groups.yahoo.com/group/celtic_league/message/2880
www.petertatchell.net
www.republic.org

For comment or clarification on this news item in the first instance contact:

Rhisiart Tal-e-bot,
General Secretary,
Celtic League
Tel: 0044 (0)1209 319912
M: 0044 (0)7787318666
gensec@celticleague.net

The General Secretary will determine the appropriate branch or General Council Officer to respond to your query.

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05/06/12

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Parents Despair Over Jubilee Events

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

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Events and celebrations surrounding the English monarchy are often a difficult time for nationalists from many of the Celtic countries, because of the prominence events are given in the media and in society in general by the establishment.

In the past members and supports of the League have often come up with innovative and creative ways to minimise the impact that these events have on people’s lives. In 2011 for instance, Adam Philips, the Cymru Branch Secretary organised an anti-Royal Wedding Camp for people who wanted to totally avoid the English Royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton in April 2011. With the Jubilee events surrounding the coronation of Elizabeth II of England taking place this weekend, the League has been contacted by supporters and members with children living in Cornwall and Wales, who have complained about the high profile that the English coronation is given in the schools that their children attend.

Parents say that they feel powerless to prevent the schools from exposing their children to the monarchist ideas, save from removing their children from the school for the period of time that the events and activities are taking place, but this is not always possible. A draft letter has been written by one member of the League, for parents who may want to send it to the school that their child attends, in order that the school is aware of their views. The letter is set out below and requires the sender to fill out the appropriate spaces with the name of their child/ren and the school to whom the letter is addressed. It is recommended that the letter is sent to the Head of the school and copied to the Chair of Governors/Board of Trustees, as appropriate.

“Dear [name of Head]

Jubilee Celebrations

I am writing with regard to the Jubilee celebrations that [name of school] Primary School is organising over the next few days.

My [name of daughter(s) and/or son(s)], currently attends [name of class child/ren attend] at [name of school] and I would like to express my dissatisfaction as a parent at the plans the school has made to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II of England. I am aware that a school committee has been preparing Jubilee celebrations for the children at [name of school] for some time and I appreciate the effort that has gone into planning these events and activities.

However, as a parent I am concerned about the way the monarchy is presented to my daughter. I appreciate that many people in [Wales/Cornwall/other] are monarchists and I assume that the school has chosen to celebrate the anniversary of the coronation of Elizabeth II for this reason, but I would like to know if other political perspectives are also being explored alongside monarchism. My family are republicans for example, as are many other people in [Wales/Cornwall/other], and I would like to know if [name of school] explains this political tradition to the children too.

My concern in this matter stems from hearing about schools in [Wales/Cornwall/other] largely assuming that parents are happy that children are exposed to and encouraged to join in with a political and quasi-religious cultural celebration, without due consideration for the political and cultural beliefs of the child’s family background. For example my family identity is [e.g.Welsh not British/Cornish not British etc.] and we are against the flying of the Union Jack flag and all that it represents.

I resent the way that this event has been imposed on the children and their families, which has been designed to all intents and purposes for the sole gratification of a particular political perspective. I would equally resent the fact that my [daughter(s) and/or son(s)], may be encouraged to sing the English national anthem at the event, which I know some schools are doing. For me this sort of activity is akin to cultural assimilation and brainwashing.

I have not wanted to discuss political matters with my [daughter(s) and/or son(s)], at such a young age, but I have felt compelled to do this in case the school was not following an inclusive approach to this issue, which I know many schools fail to do. At the same time I do not want to remove my [daughter(s) and/or son(s)], from school, because she enjoys a party and she has said that she wants to take part. I feel it wouldn’t be fair for me to exclude her from this experience, but equally I am concerned about the subjective and overtly biased way these celebratory events are often foisted onto our children and would like reassurance that [name of school] has taken these matters into consideration in the way the English monarchy and monarchism in general is being portrayed at the school.

I hope you can appreciate my views on this issue and I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Yours sincerely

[your name]

CC [name] Chair of Governors”

For republicans and nationalists who want to express their anti-monarchist sentiment over this weekend, they can attend what is being billed as the biggest republican protest to take place in London on Sunday 3rd June, which is being organised by ‘Republic’. For more information on the protest, please visit www.republic.org

Related links:

https://groups.yahoo.com/group/celtic_league/message/3824
https://groups.yahoo.com/group/celtic_league/message/3812
https://groups.yahoo.com/group/celtic_league/message/3674
https://groups.yahoo.com/group/celtic_league/message/3792
https://groups.yahoo.com/group/celtic_league/message/3599
https://groups.yahoo.com/group/celtic_league/message/3598
https://groups.yahoo.com/group/celtic_league/message/3399

For comment or clarification on this news item in the first instance contact:

Rhisiart Tal-e-bot,
General Secretary,
Celtic League
Tel: 0044 (0)1209 319912
M: 0044 (0)7787318666
gensec@celticleague.net

The General Secretary will determine the appropriate branch or General Council Officer to respond to your query.

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Protest Over Treatment of Bahrain Medical Staff

Tuesday, October 4th, 2011

The Celtic League has written to the Embassy of Bahrain to protest at the trial and ill-treatment of medical staff in the kingdom.

Earlier this year the League criticized the Manx government for signing a trade deal with the repressive regime.

“The Ambassador Embassy of the Kingdom of Bahrain
H.E. Ms Alice Thomas Samaan
30 Belgrave Square
London, SW1X 8QB
United Kingdom

01/10/11

Dear Ambassador Samaan,

I write to express our concern at the detention, trial and ill-treatment by your government of 20 doctors, nurses and other medical personnel who provided treatment to civilians injured during protests in your country earlier this year.

The ordeal which the authorities in Bahrain have subjected these personnel to clearly is in breach of the Geneva Conventions, customary international law, and various provisions of International human rights treaties, including the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.

Global events in recent years have shown that the International community will ultimately hold to account those who commit humanitarian breaches or act in a barbaric manner towards elements within their domestic society.

We trust and believe that the administration in Bahrain will also eventually be held to account.

Yours sincerely

J B Moffatt (Mr)
Director of Information”

See links:

ECCLESIASTICAL SUPPORT FOR LEAGUE BAHRAIN STANCE (July 2011)
https://groups.yahoo.com/group/celtic_league/message/3686

BAHRAIN MANX BILATERAL TIES SHAMEFUL (February 2011)
https://groups.yahoo.com/group/celtic_league/message/3592

MANX GOVERNMENT UNREPENTANT OVER LINKS WITH BAHRAIN REGIME (March 2011)
https://groups.yahoo.com/group/celtic_league/message/3601

MANX FINANCE: LINKS TO TORTURE AND DEATH (April 2011)
https://groups.yahoo.com/group/celtic_league/message/3646

For comment or clarification on this news item in the first instance contact:

Rhisiart Tal-e-bot, General Secretary, Celtic League:

Tel: 0044 (0)1209 319912
M: 0044 (0)7787318666

gensec@celticleague.net

The General Secretary will determine the appropriate branch or General Council Officer to respond to your query.

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Brittany: Demonstrations for Reunification of Brittany

Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

5,000 On Street To End Nazi Partition of Celtic Country

On 18th June 2011 protesters marched on the Breton city of Naoned/Nantes in a mass demonstration of solidarity in calling for the reunification of Brittany.

Over 5000 people took to the streets in what has become a regular event in the attempt to pressurise the French central government to consider reunifying Brittany following its partition by the Nazi’s in the 1941. Private business, politicians and civil society have all expressed their support for the Pays Nantais (Nantes Region) or ‘Pays de la Loire’ region to be reunified with the rest of Brittany following its separation, which was a measure designed to divide the Celtic nation in a way that has proved expedient for the French state ever since.

In recent year’s though central government in Paris has began to show signs that they may finally be prepared to listen to the demands of the people, but plans to redraw the regional boundaries of France were scrapped last year. With the French presidential elections due in 2012 and a possible change of government, Breton activists realise that the forthcoming year could be crucial for gaining the support of politicians for their cause. The demonstrators were demanding that all the presidential candidates make their position clear on reunification and to show their support for a referendum. Many people in the Loire-Atlantique department however do not to let Pays de la Loire go, because they argue it plays an important industrial and economic role in their region.

Protesters at the demonstration sang Breton songs and held banners that read: “Vichy is over. Reunite Brittany,” but some protesters questioned the overall success of the demonstration. Kevin Jezequel, a writer and protester in Naoned, told the Celtic League that he had his reservations:

“For me the demo was not successful, because 2 years ago, we were between 10 000 and 15 000 [people]…it is one more demo, and nothing new. The politicians from PS, UMP and the Greens don’t want reunification and the Breton lobby does not have sufficient strength.

“It is necessary for the Breton lobby and Breton parties (UDB, Parti Breton and Christian Troadec) to meet and to think about what it is possible to do, to identify how to stop the unification process and put pressure on it.”

A number of groups were behind the organisation of the protest, including Naoned e Breizh (Nantes in Brittany), Bretagne Reunie, 44=Breizh, Agence Culturelle Bretonne Morvan Lebesque and Kevre Breizh.

Rhisiart Tal-e-bot
General Secretary
Celtic League

29/06/11

The Celtic League has branches in the six Celtic Countries. It works to promote cooperation between these countries and campaigns on a broad range of political, cultural and environmental matters. It highlights human rights abuse, monitors all military activity and focuses on socio-economic issues.

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