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‘No place’ for armed group – Kelly

18 August, 2019 - by Gerry Kelly

Sinn Féin MLA Gerry Kelly has called on an armed group to disband and get off the back of the community. 

The North Belfast MLA was commenting after armed men posed in front of graffitti in the New Lodge area calling for people to join ‘Action Against Drugs' (AAD).

Gerry Kelly said:

“There is absolutely no place for this group who have already been responsible for a number of deaths and beatings. 

“It’s clear that AAD are attempting to use recent disturbances in the area to gain relevance, a move which has already been rejected by the vast majority of residents. 

“This group, contrary to its grafitti claiming to reclaim the community, has gained wealth by taxing drug-dealers. We don't need more gunmen on our streets, we need the gunmen to get off the community’s back. 

“What we do need is a multi-agency approach to tackle ongoing anti-social behaviour and criminality and this is what Monday’s public meeting will address. It is the community itself who are reclaiming their area.”

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