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Unionists behind Ligonel incident

3 August, 2004


Sinn Féin Councillor Eoin O'Broin has said that he is in no doubt that an ongoing security alert in Ligonel is resulting from loyalists leaving a device outside a Catholic home.

Speaking from the scene Cllr. O'Broin said:

"A device of some kind has been left outside the first Catholic home in Ligonel. It is a home which has suffered in the past from ongoing attacks from unionist paramilitaries. I am in no doubt that this latest incident is a further escalation of an ongoing campaign against nationalists in this area.

"Previous to the Twelfth parades this small nationalist community was blockaded into their homes by a UDA led picket which took place every night for a week. No action was taken to stop it. It is therefore not surprising that as we face into another series of contentious parades in North Belfast that the allies of the loyal Orders within the unionist paramilitaries will once again attempt to use violence in order to influence parades determinations." ENDS

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