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Mc Guinness to raise British Army disruption of community at meeting with British and Irish government

10 February, 2004

Mid-Ulster MP and Sinn Féin Chief Negotiator, Martin Mc Guinness intends to raise the eight-day military disruption of the community of Brocagh with the British government when he meets them today.

Mr Mc Guinness said:

"I intend to raise the plight of a section of my constituents in the Loughshore area of East Tyrone with the British and Irish governments when I meet them on Tuesday morning.

"Since Sunday 1st February the community of Brocagh, Co Tyrone has been subjected to unacceptable disruption by the British Army and PSNI. The area has been saturated by British troops and people were prevented by the PSNI from entering the area on business unless they were residents.

"No explanation was given by either the PSNI or the British Army as to the reason behind this operation involving hundreds of troops and PSNI with digging equipment. I intend to seek an explanation from the British government when I meet them along with the Irish government tomorrow morning. Ten years into cessations and five years after the Agreement it is totally unacceptable that communities continue to be subjected to this type of heavy handed militarisation."ENDS

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