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Campbell attempts to criminalise the republican and nationalist community

5 October, 2010 - by Raymond McCartney


Campbell attempts to criminalise the republican and nationalist community

Sinn Féin MLA for Foyle Raymond McCartney has stated that this mornings comments by Gregory Campbell that the nationalist and republican community must know who is behind dissident attacks and do more to help in the apprehension of those responsible is an attempt to criminalise and implicate the entire nationalist community.

Speaking earlier Mr McCartney said;

“Gregory Campbell's approach to the issue of how to tackle the dissidents is hardly surprising, yet offers no positive or constructive ideas.

“Gregory assumes, and is not shy in painting a picture, that the nationalist community know all about the movement and operations of dissident groups. In doing so he utilises language that we saw in the 1980’s and 90’s that unionist politicians used as cover for loyalists to attack and kill members of the nationalist and republican communities.


“He needs to be measured in his approach and stop alienating this community. He needs to step back from blanket portrayals and stop criminalising the nationalist and republican community. Maybe he should come forward with what he knows about loyalist activities and unionist party links with such groupings.”

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