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Sinn Féin to organise weekend of protests over political policing

15 December, 2005

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

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