Binevenagh war games a backward step - Ó hOisín
Sinn Féin MLA Cathal Ó hOisín has criticised the British army's decision to stage large scale war games at a county Derry beauty spot.
The East Derry MLA said;
"Bringing 500 heavily armed British soldiers to Binevenagh to conduct a large scale military exercise is an insensitive and backward step.
"Binevenagh is designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and attracts visitors from across the world who come to visit the park for its commanding views of Lough Foyle.
"It should not be used for war games.
"The last time Binevenagh was used for a British military exercise they left piles of rubbish on the mountain which caused anger in the local community.
"This is also an area that has suffered from British military aggression in the past and local people do not want to be reminded of that.
"Given the current difficulties facing the political process, the sight of heavily armed British soldiers on our roads could be interpreted as provocative.
"The British army will be using this exercise to train for imperialist wars that have no popular support in this area."