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SDLP attempt to lay ownership to Civil Rights campaign disingenuous

15 January, 2008


Sinn Féin Mid Ulster MLA Francie Molloy has slammed attempts by the SDLP to portray itself as 'The Civil Rights Party'.

Mr Molloy said:

"It has come to my attention that the SDLP is now trying to portray itself as 'The Civil Rights Party' and has taken to issuing statements with this slogan.

"This attempt to lay claim to ownership of the Civil Rights campaign is a total disgrace.

"People from across the political spectrum came together to demand basic rights for nationalists, this included many republicans, socialists and people with no overt political affiliation as well as individuals who went on to become involved with the SDLP. That was its strength.

"Those politicians who made a career out of claims to have been the mainstay of the Civil Rights Campaign to the exclusion of all others are now intent on hijacking the 40th Anniversary commemorations by excluding those who did not follow their political agenda. However, rather than an attempt the represent the truth of the fight for Civil Rights there are some who now appear, without any sense of shame, to want to hijack this for narrow party political gain." ENDS

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