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Bairbre de Brún welcomes families of British state collusion to the European Parliament

7 December, 2004

Sinn Féin MEP Bairbre de Brún this morning welcomed the relatives of over 50 people murdered as a result of British state collusion with unionist death squads, to the European Parliament in Brussels. Ms de Brún stressed the importance of facilitating this first ever visit by those affected by collusion saying that the families of the bereaved were 'entitled to have their voices and personal testimonies heard in the European Parliament'. 

Relatives from the An Fhírinne campaign group travelled to the European Parliament in Brussels to highlight the consistent policy of collusion between British Intelligence agents, the RUC and unionist death squads over the past 30 years. They were invited to a hearing organised by the EUL/NGL group in the European Parliament to discuss the issue. The meeting was chaired by Francis Wurtz, President of the European United Left/Nordic Green Left (EUL/NGL) group. Approximately 70 people attended the event.

Speaking from Brussels, Ms de Brún said:

"I am pleased to welcome those most affected by the policy of British state collusion with unionist death squads to the European Parliament.

Today's hearing provided the families with an opportunity to have their voices heard. Some of those present at today's hearing were both shocked and saddened by the personal testimonies from family members, and were anxious to see what could be done here in Brussels to assist the families.

"Those present at the hearing were informed that the British Government policy of employing unionist death squads was sanctioned at the highest political levels. The same British agencies which executed this policy remain in place today.

"The families demand closure and peace of mind. Sinn Féin has pledged its support to the families in their search for truth and justice. We are mindful that many other families have suffered and lost loved ones, as a result of the conflict in the six counties.

"There are people who do not want to contemplate or admit that the British Government were complicit in state sanctioned murder. It is important as we continue to move through a period of conflict resolution that the voices of all of those who suffered in any way are heard. The families of those murdered at the hands of the British state deserve to have their voices heard also." ENDS

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