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Lift the threats demands Kelly

2 August, 2012 - by Gerry Kelly

Demanding the lifting of threats against community workers in Ardoyne, Sinn Féin MLA Gerry Kelly said:

“Threats against Ardoyne community workers are absolutely unacceptable and must be lifted now.

“We are united in our support for people who provide vital services, work hard to improve the area and who on a daily basis are holding a range of agencies to account to make sure they deliver for this community.

“Of the several leaflets distributed in recent days by individuals circulating within various groups such as North Belfast IRSP, GARC and RNU, the most intimidating is signed under the guise of GARC.

“The ironic thing is that while intimidating others for dealing with the PSNI these same individuals deal with the PSNI on a regular basis. This community needs issues such as domestic violence, drug dealing, anti-social behaviour and child protection dealt with by the appropriate agencies.

“Groups such as CRJI who are working to keep our young people out of the criminal justice system have been targeted with these threats and those issuing them need to come out and provide answers to the Ardoyne community.

“The threats come after recent attacks on the homes of respected republicans in the area by a small number of individuals who are unrepresentative of the people of Ardoyne.

“I'm demanding that these threats be removed immediately and spokespersons of groups such as GARC must make their positions publicly clear.”

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