Statement from Alex Maskey MLA
Sinn Féin MLA Alex Maskey said:
"The northern state was a unionist-dominated apartheid state, founded on religious and civil discrimination and which denied citizens fundamental rights such as the right to vote.
"Peaceful civil rights demonstrators were beaten off the streets in an effort to crush the demands for civil and human rights, Special Powers were used to suppress protest, and the state forces played an active role in sectarian progroms of the 1920s, 1930s and 1960s.
“The Unionist party presided over all of that.
“Faux outrage by some unionists at my comments ignore the facts that a wide range of people from the Civil Rights Association right through to progressive unionists opposed this sectarian discrimination and demanded civil and human rights for all.”