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Free Sean Kelly Campaign Reaches Prison Service

22 July, 2005

Sinn Féin Assembly member Cathy Stanton today joined republicans protesting
at the office of the Prison Service in Belfast. The protest was the latest
in a series of protests demanding an end to internment and the release of
Sean Kelly.

Ms Stanton said:

" At a recent meeting of the Policing Board the PSNI attempted to distance
themselves from the internment of Sean Kelly. They indicated the involvement
of the Prison Service in this unjustifiable act. Today republicans gathered
outside the offices of the Prison Service to demand answers. Was the Prison
Service involved in this case and if so why?

" The Prison Service here has been a tool in the armoury of the securocrats
for decades. It was used to try a break the republican struggle in the
H-Blocks in the late 1970s and early 1980s. It has an overwhelmingly
protestant and loyalist workforce and ethos.

" Republicans and indeed others across this island are angry at the
re-introduction of internment through the arrest of Sean Kelly and will not
rest until he is released and the faceless people behind his arrest exposed.
Today's protest is just the latest in what will be a long line of such
protests until justice is done and Sean Kelly is released." ENDS

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