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PSNI accused to stoking tension

17 July, 2005

Sinn Féin North Belfast MLA Gerry Kelly has accused the PSNI of deliberately stoking tensions in North Belfast after a series of house raids and arrests of young people, one as young as 15, in the Carrickhill area.

Mr Kelly said:

"The community in Carrickhill have worked hard to try and ensure that the area does not become another interface area. People are asking why the PSNI have now deliberately chosen to target this area while doing nothing about the attempted murder of Catholics in Mountainview or the attacks on the homes of nationalists in Alliance Avenue. Many within the community are asking why the PSNI are provocatively trying to raise tensions.

"It is an understatement to say that feelings are running very high. The treatment of this community by the Orange Order, the demonisation by unionist politicians and sections of the media and the attitude and approach of the PSNI mean that people, particularly young people, are very angry.

"The behaviour of the PSNI on July 12th made a difficult situation worse. This deliberate PSNI operation will only serve to increase tensions." ENDS

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