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Sinn Féin supports relatives campaign for Truth about Collusion

31 January, 2004

On Wednesday 4th February, Sinn Féin Assembly Group Leader, Conor Murphy and other senior members of Sinn Féin will accompany over 70 relatives of those killed as a result of collusion, where they will picket outside MI5 headquarters, the British Ministry of Defence and Tory party headquarters in central London.

Speaking ahead of the protest Mr. Murphy said:

"I will be traveling to London on Wednesday with relatives of those killed by Unionist death squads during the last 30 years of conflict in Ireland. These Unionist murder gangs were controlled and directed by British state agencies. This policy of Collusion resulted in some of the worst incidents of violence including the Dublin/Monaghan bombings and the reign of terror conducted by the Shankill Butchers.

"In the mid-1980s British intelligence agencies not only recruited members of these Unionist death squads but also actively infiltrated their own agents into senior positions within these organizations. In December 1987 a huge consignment of weapons was smuggled into the north of Ireland and handed over to various Loyalist murder gangs. This was done with the full participation and knowledge of British Intelligence. These weapons were used to murder and injure hundreds of people in Ireland.

"Prominent civil rights lawyers Pat Finucane and Rosemary Nelson became victims of this policy of Collusion which was directed primarily against the Nationalist and Republican community.

"No member of the Special Branch or British military Intelligence has ever been charged in connection with any of these crimes. Special Branch remains as an integral part of the PSNI. The British army Force Research Unit has been renamed as the Joint Services Group and MI5 continues to operate with impunity.

"Sinn Féin fully supports the relatives in the search for truth and their ongoing campaign to highlight the direct involvement of British agencies in the murder of their loved ones."ENDS

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