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Butler - Belief that Lisburn murder was sectarian

21 November, 2003

Lagan Valley Sinn Féin Representative Councillor Paul Butler has said that many people in Lisburn believe that the murder of a young man in the town last night was a sectarian attack carried out by loyalists.

Cllr. Butler said:

"Firstly, I would wish to send my condolences to the family of this young man.

" I have been speaking to people in Lisburn throughout the day and there is a belief that this murder was sectarian and was carried out by a loyalist gang. In recent times there has been a marked increase in loyalist paramilitary activity in the town, both against catholics and indeed against members of the unionist community.

" It seems that the PSNI have sat back and allowed these loyalist groups to operate with impunity. People in the town are angry at this complete lack of response by the PSNI. Catholics in Lisburn and across Lagan Valley feel that they have been abandoned time and again to the violent excesses of loyalist paramilitaries." ENDS

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