British Army challenged over Sinn Féin remarks
Responding to remarks from a faceless individual within the British Army press office (in this mornings Irish News) after he questioned Crown force figures concerning alleged accidents at checkpoints in South Armagh, Sinn Féin Assembly member Conor Murphy said:
" It appears my remarks articulating local suspicions about the alledged incidents at checkpoints in South Armagh has hit a raw nerve with the British Army. I have to say however that they have a cheek criticising the democratic mandate held by Sinn Féin. Sinn Féin represent the majority of the nationalist community in the Six Counties. We put our views to the people and seek endorsement. The people of South Armagh are very clear that the British Army are not welcome and not wanted.
" Neither the British Army nor their British political masters represent anyone in Ireland. They are an occupying force who continue to terrorise nationalist communities across the six counties. British Army checkpoints in South Armagh are nothing to do with the rule of law. Like their fortresses and helicopter flights they are about domination, intimidation and terror.
" The British Army may have a desire to continue occupying South Armagh and other republican heartland's, they may have a desire to continue firing live rounds at local civilians but Sinn Féin will continue to demand that the British government honour their commitments and remove their war apparatus and their personnel from our communities.
" Building peace works both ways. Republicans have time and again proven themselves to be up for the challenge. Time and again the Crown forces have shown themselves to be incapable of grasping the challenges presented by this process. The people of South Armagh will simply not stand for their phoney excuses to continue their occupation any longer." ENDS