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Stanton - UDA Behind Bomb Alerts

19 January, 2004

North Belfast Sinn Féin Assembly member Kathy Stanton has hit out after two suspicious devices were left outside Catholic schools in the area over night.

Ms Stanton said:

"This morning suspicious devices were found outside Holy Cross Primary School and St. Gabriels Secondary School. It is my firm belief that the UDA were behind these incidents and that they are the latest instalment in what has been a long campaign against Catholics in this area.

"Nationalists in areas like North Belfast are sick and tired of the phoney debate over the status of the UDA cessation. The reality is that the UDA is not on cessation and has not been on cessation for some time. They have remained engaged in a violent campaign against Catholics despite repeated announcements of cessations and initiatives.

"The British government has tolerated the UDA campaign for years. Its agencies control and operate agents within the leadership of this organisation, yet the violence and disruption is allowed to continue." ENDS

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