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Parents knew nothing of British Army school visit - Cllr Baker

26 September, 2008

Lisburn Sinn Féin councilor Sam Baker has expressed "shock and disbelief" that the principal of St. Colms school in Twinbrook secrectly invited a British Army regiment, the Royal Marines, into St. Colms school on Monday past.

Cllr Baker said:

"I was approached last night by a number of parents of children who took part in an exercise with the British Army's Royal Marines in St. Colms School last Monday.

"The parents informed me they knew nothing about this secret visit by the British Army, a visit arranged by the school principal Imelda Jordan.

"This morning I spoke with the school principal and I listened carefully to her explanation. Her excuse beggars belief and reflects a view which is totally out of touch with the experience of the people of Twinbrook who suffered at the hands of the British Army over the last thirty years.

"The principal should not have under any guise invited the British Army into her school.

"The British Army is in occupation of part of this country. The Royal Marines record of occupation is notorious; they killed many people here in the north. They are currently in occupation of Iraq and Afghanistan and I am sure they are doing there what they did here; kill and harass local people.

"I hope this is the last time any regiment of the British Army is invited to a school in a nationalist area." CRIOCH

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