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Gildernew angry at massive increase in use of plastic bullets

17 July, 2003


Commenting on the release of figures showing a massive increase in the use of plastic bullets by the British Army last year Sinn Féin MP Michelle Gildernew said:

"When the office of the Police Ombudsman was established Sinn Féin stated our view that the PSNI would in future direct the British Army to fire more plastic bullets as a practice to dodge accountability mechanisms. These figures are a vindication of this.

"Sinn Féin‚s position on plastic bullets is well known - we are absolutely opposed to their use and have campaigned for many years on this issue. We have made the issue of the continued use of plastic bullets a crucial part of our discussions with the British government." ENDS

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