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We won’t be dragged back to the days of Shoot to Kill - Clarke‏

20 August, 2008

Sinn Féin Mid Tyrone councillor Sean Clarke has said we will not be dragged back to the days of Shoot to Kill after comments made by Ian Paisley Junior.

In a statement on Tuesday Paisley Jr. said "Sooner or later there will be a murder of a police officer unless the police are able to deploy ruthlessness in tracking down and wiping out these dissident members."

He continued: "I believe the community will accept such measures and if dissidents are shot on sight, the community will accept that it is a necessary use of lethal force to prevent dissident republicanism from growing."

Responding to what he described as 'inflammatory' comments Councillor Sean Clarke said

"Next weekend we will be marking the 20th Anniversary of 3 Young men shot dead by the British SAS in a carefully laid Ambush in Drumnakilly in 1988. Ian Paisley Junior is attempting to bring about more grief and suffering with his ill thought and inflammatory statement.

"Sinn Féin have worked towards bringing the gun out of Irish politics, I do find it ironic however that Ian Paisley Jr. calls for a return to arms. To say the least the approach of the DUP is inconsistent, haphazard and lacks positive progression. ENDS

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