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Members of 32CSM and IRPWA physically assaulted by RUC/PSNI
Andy Martin, 32 County Sovereignty Movement • 18 September 2003

This evening a number of members of the 32 County Sovereignty Movement and activists from the Irish Republican Prisoners Welfare Association were physically assaulted by the RUC/PSNI. The incident took place in Strabane, Co Tyrone, where earlier in the day police arrested five people, including one woman, a leading prisoners welfare activist.

The RUC/PSNI screeched into a street where a number of republicans were standing and stormed up the driveway assaulting a number of people, including a man who was cradling a young child. The assaults took place under the guise of a house search and only ended when someone from across the street produced a camera and proceeded to photograph the assaults. A number of people came out of their houses and began to chant SS/RUC at which point the police in riot gear began to climb back into their land rovers.

When the land rovers began to pull away the police began to shout “yes, yes, RUC, we are the RUC”. A short time later the police returned and raided the home of the person who took pictures of the assault and seized the camera.

The 32 County Sovereignty Movement condemn these assaults and blame the likes of Denis Bradley and his policy of selective condemnation on the issue of threats and violence. Bradley has for some time been actively trying to provoke the Provisional IRA into attacking anti-agreement republicans and trying to create an atmosphere where it can happen. We urge Bradley to condemn the violence directed towards our movement as eagerly as he condemns threats to members of the DPP’s and ask how he can support a police force who, by their own admission in Strabane tonight, are the unreconstructed RUC. While Bradley and his ilk claim that nationalists support the supposedly “new” policing arrangements, it is clear that republicans, and indeed the police, do not.








 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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18 September 2003

 

Other Articles From This Issue:

 

Some Animals Are More Equal Than Others
Eamon Sweeney

 

Members of 32CSM and IRPWA Physically Assaulted by RUC/PSNI
Andy Martin

 

Report: Belfast Anti Racist Meeting
Davy Carlin

 

The Shadows
Carrie Twomey

 

DHSS Lives
Liam O Ruairc

 

Freedom and Democracy in Cuba Depend on Support for Dissidents
Vaclav Havel, Arpad Göncz, Lech Walesa

 

Cancun - Whose Setback and Whose Opportunity?
Michael Youlton

 

How Do You Like Your Elections - Fixed and Murky?
Toni Solo

 

Armed Struggle
Anthony McIntyre

 

Republican Sinn Fein commemorates Robert Emmet

 

16 September 2003

 

In The Shadow of Fear
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Derry's Disappeared
Deaglán Ó Donghaile

 

Bangers on the Blanket?
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Dialectics of Terror
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Prison Segregation
Republican Prisoners Support Network

 

Letter to the Chief Constable
British Irish Rights Watch

 

A Jackboot on my Presscard
Anthony McIntyre

 

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