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British abuse photos will come as no surprise

19 January, 2005


Sinn Féin MP for Fermanagh & South Tyrone Michelle Gildernew has said that the images of British soldiers torturing and abusing Iraqi detainees will come as no surprise to the thousands of nationalists in the six counties who had to endure similar treatment at the hands of British regiments here.

Ms Gildernew said:

"The recently published images of British soldiers torturing and abusing Iraqi detainees will come as no surprise to the nationalist and republican community in the six counties.

"For decades British Army personnel have routinely abused nationalists and republicans on the streets and in the detention centres. They were also of course found guilty of torture in a number of high profile cases including the one involving the so-called hooded men.

"Claims of denial from the British military top brass will cut little ice with those of us here who know only too well the reality of British military occupation and the human rights abuses it entails." ENDS

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