‘Thirty Years on and British Propaganda still reported as fact’ - Alex Maskey
British propaganda and lies are still being regurgitated as fact adding insult to the grief of victims, Sinn Féin MLA Alex Maskey has said.
The West Belfast MLA was speaking after previously confidential state papers relating to the Gibraltar killings were released today.
He commented: “In 1988 undercover British soldiers shot dead three unarmed IRA volunteers in Gibraltar in a premediated and planned attack. Almost immediately, a propaganda offensive was put in place based on lies.
“Since then, these lies have been exposed and the actions of the British on that day laid bare for all to see.
“The state papers released today regurgitated this propaganda unchallenged and lies were reported as fact.
“The claim that the families of the three killed sought to gain any political advantage by bringing the bodies home via Dublin is untrue and offensive.
“The simple fact is that the handlers at Aldergrove refused to handle the bodies. This is a matter of public record. It was left to the families to organise the return of the bodies and the only route was through Dublin.
“It is disappointing that the reports of a British official from almost 30 years ago are reported as fact while the truth is set aside.”