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Anger at PSNI raids in Markets area

1 February, 2005

South Belfast Sinn Féin Assembly member Alex Maskey has reacted furiously to an ongoing PSNI operation in the Markets area tonight.

Speaking from the Markets area Mr Maskey said:

" For the past number of hours the PSNI have been raiding homes in the Markets area. This is a heavy handed operation involving up to 20 PSNI land rovers. It appears that the PSNI is using last night's tragic stabbing incident as an excuse to disrupt life within this community and the scale and approach of their operation is completely unacceptable and unjustifiable.

" This sort of heavy handed policing belongs in the past. However in recent months it seems that the PSNI are increasingly adopting the tactics employed for decades by the RUC in their approach to republican and nationalist communities." ENDS

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