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PSNI involved in campaign of harassment against Sinn Féin workers

19 April, 2005

Sinn Féin MP for Fermanagh & South Tyrone Michelle Gildernew has said that the PSNI in Dungannon are engaged in a campaign of intimidation against the Sinn Féin election team in the town.

Ms Gildernew said:

„ Over the past number of nights Sinn Féin election workers putting posters up in Dungannon town have been subject to harassment from the local PSNI unit. Last night party workers were verbally abused by PSNI members and two Sinn Féin members were stopped and held for a time. On a previous night one party official was followed home by the PSNI after completing election work in the town.

" Local republicans are very angry at this sort of partisan political policing. It is obviously a deliberate attempt by the PSNI to try and damage the Sinn Féin election campaign in this constituency. As the local MP and constituency representative I will be making a formal complaint to the Police Ombudsman about this disgraceful behaviour and I am demanding the PSNI back off from this campaign of intimidation."ENDS

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