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PSNI accused of ‘sectarian intimidation’ in Stonyford

27 February, 2008


Sinn Féin Lagan Valley MLA Paul Butler has accused the PSNI of a 'blatant act of sectarian intimidation' against the catholic people of Stonyford last night when they protected a group of loyalists while they put union flags up in the village.

Mr Butler said:

"Last night two car loads of PSNI officers protected members of the Pride of the Village Flute Band while they put up union flags up in Stonyford village.

"The behaviour of the PSNI officers is an affront to the Catholic people of the village. Some of those being protected last night are involved in the campaign of intimidation against the catholic people of the village. This campaign has led to many Catholics fleeing the village for safety.

"The behaviour of the PSNI last night is in marked contrast to their failure to protect Catholics and goes to the heart of the PSNI's ambivalent attitude to those loyalists involved in sectarian behaviour in Stonyford. The Chief Constable of the PSNI must now give a public explanation for last night's disgraceful behaviour." ENDS

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