Sinn Féin to organise weekend of protests over political policing
Sinn Féin General Secretary Mitchel McLaughlin MLA has said that Sinn Féin is organising a weekend of protests across the Six Counties to highlight political policing and the threat it poses to democracy.
Mr McLaughlin said:
"Political policing continues to be a huge impediment to political progress. Since the inception of the northern statelet from the RIC, the RUC and still today with the PSNI policing has been used as a political weapon.
"From the involvement in sectarian murder campaigns, through collusion in arming, training and directing loyalist murder gangs to the direct political interventions of the PSNI that have been exposed in recent days it is clear that there is an agenda that is anti-republican, anti-change and anti-peace process.
"The ongoing attempts to cast aspersions about the 3 innocent men used by the PSNI to protect unionism and pull down the political institutions, the arrest and release of Francie Brolly, ongoing political arrests, the fiasco of the northern bank 'investigation' and offensive Casement Park raid all highlight the serious problem that remains with political policing.
"No one should be in any doubt - political policing and the influence of the RUC special branch in the PSNI presents a real and live threat to democracy.
"There is a lot of anger out there about the ability of political policing to rob us all of the political institutions and the failure of the British and Irish governments to stand up to the anti-agreement securocrats.
Note to Editors
Political policing Protests
Friday 16th December
Derry - Strand Road RUC Barracks 1pm
Fermanagh - Lisnaskea RUC Barracks 6pm
South Derry - Magherafelt RUC Barracks 7pm
Saturday 17th December
Upper Bann - Lurgan RUC Barracks 12 noon
East Derry - Dungiven RUC Barracks 11am
South Down - Newcastle RUC Barracks 1pm
Belfast - North Queen Street RUC Barracks 1pm
Belfast - New Barnsley RUC Barracks 1pm
Armagh - Armagh RUC Barracks 2pm
South Tyrone - Dungannon RUC Barracks 2pm
North Antrim - TBC
Newry - Ardmore RUC Barracks 3pm
South Armagh - Crossmaglen Barracks 3pm
Derry - Guildhall Square 3.45pm
Omagh - Gortin Road Barracks 7pm
South Antrim - TBC