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Families of victims of collusion and state violence meet Belfast Mayor

25 June, 2009

Sinn Féin MLA Paul Maskey and party colleague, deputy Mayor of Belfast Cllr Danny Lavery (whose brother and nephew were murdered as a result of collusion), today accompanied a delegation from Relatives for Justice at a meeting with Mayor of Belfast Cllr Naomi Long. The meeting was facilitated by the Sinn Féin Council Group.

The meeting was organised after it was announced that Belfast City Council, as part of ‘Armed Forces Day’, would be flying the British Armed Forces flag from the City Hall this Saturday.

Speaking after the meeting Paul Maskey said,

“Today’s meeting was a useful and no doubt productive exercise.

Our hope and the hope of the families who attended today’s meeting is that this is the beginning of a process where the experience of all victims within the city is recognised and commemorated.

It was acknowledge that Belfast City Hall is currently not reflective of all citizens’ experience of the conflict here, and that through the Good Relations Unit of the Council, the families who have lost loved ones as a result of collusion and state violence can begin to be recognised within their own city.

I want to commend the families for their immense courage and dignity in ensuring that their loved ones are not forgotten.

I look forward to the process of engagement continuing in the time ahead.” CRÍOCH

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