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Below you will find some of the messages of solidarity and support we have received for Seán Garland from at home and around the world.   We welcome messages of support from individuals and organisations and they can be sent to

Message of support from International Communist & Workers Parties

We, the undersigned Communist and Workers parties attending the 18th Congress of the Communist Party of Greece, Athens on 18th/22nd February 2009, condemn the arrest of Comrade Sean Garland, former President of the Workers’ Party of Ireland and current member of the Central Executive committee.  He was arrested outside the Party offices in Dublin on Friday 30th January 2009, at the request of the U.S. authorities who are seeking his extradition to the U.S. The request for the extradition was signed by Condoleezza Rice in the final days of the Bush Administration.


Comrade Garland was first arrested in October 2005 while attending the Party congress in Belfast.  This was a blatant attempt by the U.S. authorities to take advantage of the unjust and controversial extradition treaty between the U.S. and British governments which would have afforded him little or no legal protection.  After having been granted permission to return to Dublin for urgent medical attention, after much consideration Sean Garland decided not to return to Northern Ireland.


Sean Garland has lived openly and has conducted his political activities and engagements in public for the last 3 years.  He made his address known to the Irish authorities.  He is 75 years old and is in serious ill health, suffering from a number of medical conditions.


Sean Garland has consistently denied any wrongdoing. He has received strong support from a wide spectrum of political, trade union and public figures concerned at the manner in which he was treated.  Sean Garland is being subjected to a relentless and vindictive campaign of persecution by the U.S government.


We condemn this blatant attack on a leading member of The Workers’ Party of Ireland who has pursued a struggle against imperialism for almost 60 years.  We express our solidarity with the Workers’ Party of Ireland and with Comrade Sean Garland in the fight against extradition to the U.S.


We demand the immediate and unconditional withdrawal of these extradition proceedings on political, legal and humanitarian grounds and call on all communist, workers parties and progressive organisation to send messages of support to the Workers’ Party at and the Campaign to Defend Sean Garland at


  1. Communist Party of Albania
  2. Algerian Party for Democracy and Socialism (PADS)
  3. Communist Party of Armenia
  4. Workers Party of Belgium
  5. Brazilian Communist Party
  6. New Communist Party of Britain
  7. Communist Party of Canada
  8. Colombian Communist Party
  9. Communist Party of Cuba
  10. Socialist Workers Party of Croatia
  11. Progressive Party of the Working People – AKEL Cyprus
  12. Communist Party of Denmark
  13. Communist Party in Denmark
  14. Communist Party of Estonia
  15. French Communist Party
  16. Communist Party of Greece (KKE)
  17. Communist Party of India (Marxist)
  18. Communist Party of India
  19. Tudeh Party of Iran
  20. Communist Refoundation Party, Italy
  21. Party of the Italian Communists
  22. Workers Party of Korea
  23. Socialist Party of Latvia
  24. Communist Party of Malta
  25. Party of the Communists Mexico
  26. New Communist Party of the Netherlands
  27. Communist Party of Pakistan
  28. Palestinian Communist Party
  29. Party of the People, Panama
  30. Peruvian Communist Party
  31. Communist Party of Poland
  32. Communist Refoundation, Puerto Rico
  33. Romanian Communist Party
  34. New Communist Party of Serbia
  35. Party of the Communists of Serbia
  36. Communist Party of Spain
  37. Communist Party of the Peoples of Spain
  38. Party of the Communists, Catalonia
  39. Communist Party of the Soviet Union
  40. Communist Workers Party of Russia (RKRP)
  41. Party of the Communists of Russia (RPC)
  42. Syrian Communist Party
  43. Communist Party of Sweden
  44. Communist Party of South Africa
  45. Communist Party of Turkey
  46. Union of Communists of Ukraine
  47. Communist Party of Venezuela
  48. World Peace Council
  49. World Federation of Trade Unions
  50. Communist Party of Portugal

To confirm:-

Communist Party of Ireland

Communist Party of Britain

Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine


Message From the World Peace Council
To the Workers' Party of Ireland
Dear comrades and friends
It is with deep concern and worry to hear that comrade Sean Garland was recently arrested by the local authorities in Dublin, when we know about his long, outstanding and firm positions against imperialism and its policies around the world.
We wish to express our solidarity and support to Sean Garland and demand his immediate release, denouncing all efforts to give in to the pressure of the US authorities which demand his extradition to the USA.
It constitutes a flagrant violation of basic democratic rights and liberties, of any sense of International law to observe this brutal interference of the US administration in other countries' affairs.
The cooperation of the European Union and its member states with the US agencies on so called anti-terror basis can not be accepted under no pretext. Their goal is to terrorize the peoples' movements and intimidate the will of the peoples which are resisting the imperialist plans, whether it is about wars,invasion, occupation, militarization or oppression of the peoples' free will.
Free Sean Garland immediately! Down with the vindictive persecution!
Comradely yours
Iraklis Tsavdaridis
Executive Secretary WPC
From the Swedish Communist Party
CP of Sweden, In Solidarity with Sean Garland and WP of
From: Communist Party of Sweden, Thursday, 05 February 2009 ,

The Communist Party of Sweden- Skp Condemn the Arrest
of Former Workers Party President Sean Garland

The Communist Party of Sweden- SKP has been reached by the
message that Sean Garland, former President of the Workers
Party of Ireland, this morning, the 2nd of January has been
arrested outside the Workers' Party Head Office in Dublin.
The arrest of Sean Garland took place after a request from
the US authorities, who want to extradite him to the United

Sean Garland as well as the Workers' Party have made clear
that they will fight any attempt at extradition to the U.S.
through the Irish courts. The SKP fully support them and
want to ask the Irish Government and court why an Irish
citizen should have to live under an other jurisdiction
than the Irish, in his own land? Or like further on
concerning this matter, risk to be extradite to the USA,
through the authorities of his own land?

Arresting Sean Garland outside the Party's Head Office is
an unmistakable political provocation by the Irish
authorities in cooperation with US-imperialists.

The Communist Party of Sweden- SKP
Flyghamnsgatan 1
128 35 Skarpn'ck

Defend Seán Garland!