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Kelly Anger Over Plastic Bullet Figures

14 July, 2005

Sinn Féin Policing spokesperson Gerry Kelly has criticised the PSNI after it
was revealed that 22 plastic bullets were fired in Ardoyne on Tuesday night.
Mr Kelly also criticised the SDLP representative Alex Attwood for praising
the PSNI action.

Mr Kelly said:

" Plastic Bullets are unacceptable and must be banned. They should have no
part in policing these type riot situations. The fact that so many people
were gathered in Ardoyne on Tuesday evening ensured that the firing of these
lethal devices could have been nothing other than indiscriminate.

" To compound matters the PSNI clearly engaged in media management
surrounding the numbers fired. Yesterday they indicated that only six were
discharged and today they have revealed that 22 have been fired. We are told
that this is a new improved plastic bullet, the AEP. But the reality is
these devices are lethal and can kill.

" Alex Attwood of the SDLP has very publicly praised the actions of the PSNI
in Ardoyne on Tuesday evening. I can only assume that this includes the use
of plastic bullets. Prior to joining the Policing Board the SDLP claimed to
be opposed to the use of plastic bullets. Yet while on it they have overseen
the development, purchase and now use of a new generation of lethal killers.
Alex Attwood needs to explain in very clear terms to the nationalist
community why he has praised this action." ENDS

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