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Concerns Over PSNI Survey

17 February, 2004


West Belfast Sinn Féín Assembly member Michael Ferguson has accused the PSNI of engaging in a stunt after they distributed questionnaires throughout the Andersonstown area seeking the views of the community on the closure of their military spy base in the area and he also raised concerns about where information gathered will end up.

Mr Ferguson said:

"The decision of the PSNI to post out questionnaires in the Andersonstown area to seek the views of the community on the future of their military base in the area shows just how out of touch they are with the community they are supposed to serve.

" The people of West Belfast have made it abundantly clear what they think of having a spy post in the heart of the local community. It should be closed down and the land passed to the local community for the benefit of all.

" Given the track record of the PSNI and the RUC in gathering information and passing it on to the unionist death squads many people believe that this trawl for information may have sinister motives. For these reasons it is my belief that the vast majority of people will simply ignore this sort of PSNI stunt." ENDS

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