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PostPosted: Tue Jul 31, 2007 10:37 am    Post subject: Welsh Republican Movement Trilliw presented to Repwblic.org Reply with quote

In the wake of Cymru Rydd's announcement that they would disband the only registered political party advocating a Welsh Republic and join - or rejoin - Plaid Cymru as a pressure group, other Welsh republicans debated the future and the past and chose to set up "repwblic.org".

A few people were invited to Caerphilly on Sunday 29 July 2007 to meet with Gethin Gruffydd who wanted to present David B Lawrence with the Trilliw that he has been using in recent years in publicising Welsh republicanism. In a brief ceremony in front of the David Williams' memorial upon which the crossed flags of 1792 and 1949 were erected - the classical red, white and green Trilliw and the Welsh Republican Movement's green, red and white Trilliw - David B Lawrence, on behalf of repwblic.org and the rest of the Welsh republican movement, accepted the keeping of the flag and made the public affirmation :

"We hereby pledge ourselves to this flag
As the symbol of the Welsh Republic
That we shall stand for the Truth against the World :
That all nations are born of one people
That all laws are born of one justice - and
That all freedoms are born of one peace"

"A Oes Heddwch ?"-" Heddwch ! " "A Oes Heddwch ?" - " Heddwch ! " "A Oes Heddwch ?" - " Heddwch ! "

Gethin Gruffydd then presented the flag keeper with a bilingual copy of Richard Price's 1789 "A Discourse on the Love of our Country " (1789), one of the foundation documents of Welsh Republicanism, in order to remind us all of the long history of radical politics in Wales and of the right and due place of patriotism in them. David B Lawrence will keep this book with the 1949 Trilliw and pass it on to the next flag keeper in future.

- Dai ( David B Lawrence ) - 31 / 07 / 07







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PostPosted: Sun Oct 06, 2013 5:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

From an email that I am in the process of knocking up : coming back to this thread that in the first photo above Gethin - Daf - Dai = Green - Red - White ... now was that just a coincidence ... ?

[ P.S. - This proposed portrayal in rival flags and symbols of " Republicanism in Wales " v " Welsh Republicanism " - and therefore of a " Pacifistic Internationalist Republicanism " v " Militatant Nationalist Republicanism " may sound rather lamely contrived but it was not exactly planned that way. It grew out of a combination of things which came to a head outside of Y Senedd on 5th June 2007 when Gethin Gruffydd and I sort of talked about each other's flags. This in turn led to a sort of formal reconcilation between red, white and green - this was at Gethin Gruffydd's instigation by inviting me to accept a rather battered old green, red and white of his - and for this we sort of performed a sort of little ceremony at the David Williams memorial in Caerphilly along with Dafydd ap Geler Thomas who stood in for red - on 29th July 2007. This was sort of historic because it may well have been the first time that three representatives of the left, centre and right ever met to formally do anything together in fifty years : part of Gethin's swan song perhaps - to try to give us a future ? This was the first time that we did Yr Ardystiad : it was devised for that purpose - see http://repwblic.informe.com/viewtopic.php?p=1835 and http://repwblic.informe.com/viewtopic.php?t=438 and http://repwblic.informe.com/viewtopic.php?t=478 and http://repwblic.informe.com/viewtopic.php?t=655 - and I count it as fifty years because I believe that is was about that time that the " black faction " first appeared and split the Welsh Republican Movement apart at its centre and the " white faction " were always going to be repelled by that and so they decamped to the peace movement. The " white faction " have always been predominantly pacifists or pacificators and opposed to bombs so naturally they all signed up to the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament - it offered them bigger bombs to oppose and it was the biggest issue of the late 1950's along with the fiasco in Suez which enraged the sentiments of Internationalist Republicans and Nationalist Republicans alike in Wales. With no centre to hold it together the Mudiad Gweriniaethol Cymru then collapsed and in the 1960's the " black faction " simply walked in and picked up the WRM's green, red and white trilliw from where the " white faction " had dropped it. This proved to be a tragedy for Republicanism in Wales because of what followed but arguably the " white faction " have forfeited their right to carry that flag and the Welsh Republicans have every right to it because they have kept it flying.]
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