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Kelly attacks PSNI over Garnerville collusion

26 July, 2005

Sinn Féin spokesperson on policing issues Gerry Kelly today accused the PSNI of engaging in very public collusion with the UVF in the Garnerville estate in East Belfast over the past few days.

Mr Kelly said:

" The situation in Garnerville is collusion between the PSNI and loyalist gangs in a very public way.

" Families have been intimidated from their homes by loyalists as the PSNI stand by and watch. This has echoes of the late 1960s and early 1970s, when nationalists across this city were forced to flee their homes in the face of loyalist and state violence.

" The treatment received by Sean Kelly, currently interned without any justification, also contrasts sharply with the attitude adopted yesterday in Garnerville towards those involved in the take over of an entire estate.

" In the past number of days alone in addition to the internal loyalist feuding, we have seen loyalist paramilitary attacks on three catholic churches in Ballymena, an arson attack on the Holy Cross church in Ardoyne, and attacks on Catholic homes and businesses in North Antrim.

" All of this and the PSNI reaction to it is a demonstration in a very public way that policing is still not right.

" The sight of hundreds of masked loyalists on the streets, intimidating families, side by side with the British Army and PSNI and within yards of the PSNI training centre obviously also has a impact on confidence in the wider process." ENDS

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