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Anger at SDLP support for reintroduction of Internment

11 November, 2005

Sinn Féin MP for Newry & Armagh Conor Murphy has said that there is widespread disgust and anger at SDLP support for the British government's latest repressive laws including the power to intern people for up to 28 days.

Mr Murphy said:

" Irish nationalists and republicans are only to aware of the fall out from the use of repressive powers and arbitrary detention. Tens of thousands of people have been detained under such powers here in the six counties. We have lived through the years of internment without trial, we have lived through the years of the torture centres and conveyor belt justice. The Good Friday Agreement was about ending all of that.

" Having fought so hard to see the Special Powers Act removed and with it the 28 day provision which was available in it, the SDLP comfortable in their British parliamentary seats had no problem in voting to reintroduce such repressive powers back into the six counties.

" The victims of this measure will be young Muslims in England and given the experience of the past week young nationalists and republicans here in the six counties. The SDLP action has been greeted with disgust and anger within the broad nationalist and republican community.

" It is now clear that the SDLP is very much part of a new policing establishment. They already support the use of plastic bullets and CS gas on our streets and now they have clearly given the green light to the re-introduction of internment as well." ENDS

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