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Widespread British Army intimidation of Voters

10 June, 2004

Widespread British Army intimidation of Voters - a direct interference in the democratic process Sinn Féin Fermanagh South Tyrone MP Michelle Gildernew has accused the British Army of widespread and deliberate intimidation voters at polling stations throughout the area.

Ms Gildernew said:

" Earlier this morning two British Army landrovers surrounded the Sinn Féin election caravan parked outside Saggart Polling station in Dungannon. A large number of British Army personnel then left the jeeps and began patrolling around the entrance to the polling station and harassing both election workers and voters.

"Now at polling stations in Cabragh and Galbally we see the British Army again making its presence felt. This is the deliberate and calculated intimidation of voters must end must.

"This is the British contribution to the electoral process in Ireland. The British Crown forces are clearly fearful of the continuing rise of Sinn Féin and are determined to try a prevent people exercising their franchise. The behaviour of the British Army and PSNI throughout the Six Counties is an extension of the British government strategy to disenfranchise voters here in order to influence the elections and achieve the results they want. It is a direct interference in the democratic process." ENDS

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