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SDLP mask on state violence slips as they hobnob with Para Chief

13 December, 2005

Sinn Féin Belfast City Council Group Leader Cllr. Paul Maskey today said
that the victims of State violence will be angered at Alban Maginness and
other SDLP Councillors 'hobnobbing' with the Colonel and Chief
of the Parachute Regiment, Charles Windsor in the City Hall last night.

Cllr. Maskey said:

" In recent weeks after being silent on the issue of state violence and collusion for three decades Alban Maginness and the SDLP have been using the issue to try and score cheap political points. Last night the mask slipped and Alban Maginness and his SDLP colleagues in Belfast City Hall hobnobbed with the Colonel and Chief of the British Parachute Regiment Charles Windsor.

" Nationalists and republicans need no reminders of the actions of the Paras on the streets of the six counties for the past thirty years and more. From the murder of civilians on the streets of Derry on Bloody Sunday to the promotion through their ranks of the convicted murderer Lee Clegg their legacy in Ireland is one of murder, violence and repression.

" Last night instead of challenging the head of this discredited regiment Alban Maginness instead chose to chat with Windsor who he described as 'a mutual friend'. This sort of pathetic bowing before a British Monarch, while not untypical of the SDLP, does show clearly the priority the SDLP place on the victims of state violence and the need for the British
Crown Forces to come clean on their activities in the six counties." ENDS

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