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Gerry Kelly to attend Free Sean Kelly Campaign Protest

28 June, 2005

Sinn Féin North Belfast MLA Gerry Kelly will be available to speak to the media tonight, Tuesday 28th June, at 7pm at the junction Leper Street and the New Lodge Road in North Belfast at the Protest organised by the Free Sean Kelly Campaign.

Speaking ahead of the Protest Mr Kelly said:

"There is widespread anger at Peter Hain‚s capitulation to the demands of unionists and those opposed to the peace process within the NIO by interning a pro-agreement republican who has done much to reduce interface tensions.

"This was a stupid decision that means that many republicans, particularly ex-political prisoners who play such a positive role in managing difficulties at interfaces are in a vulnerable position and fear that they could be victimised in the same way as Sean Kelly if they continue to contribute to effectively managing those tensions.

"Ex-prisoners play a vital role within their communities and in developing the process of transition from conflict to peace. Peter Hain needs to stand up to unionists and those within the British system who are opposed to the peace process because they have nothing to offer the future." ENDS

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