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PSNI accused of facilitating Loyalist breach of Parades determination

3 December, 2005

Sinn Féin West Tyrone MLA Barry McElduff has accused the PSNI of facilitating a Loyalist breach of a Parades Commission determination in respect of the return of marches in Castlederg and attacking nationalist protesters.

Mr McElduff said:

"The PSNI not only facilitated Loyalists breaching the Parades Commission determination they turned on nationalists, who were legitimately protesting, with batons.

"The PSNI brutality witnessed in Castlederg today and the partial way in which they facilitated Loyalist law breaking only underlines the reasons why many nationalists and republicans have little or no confidence in this force.

"It appears clear that the actions of the PSNI in Castlederg are driven by a political agenda that is about brutalising nationalists and allowing Loyalists to act with impunity.

"I raised the issue of policing in Castlederg with both the British Secretary of State Peter Hain and Irish Foreign Minister Dermott Ahern in recent talks." ENDS

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