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Adams attends Anti Plastic Bullet Vigil

5 August, 2009 - by Pat Sheehan, Westminster

Sinn Féin west Belfast MP Gerry Adams this evening attended the annual anti-plastic bullet vigil on the Falls Road at the site of the Andersonstown RUC Barracks.

The vigil is organised by the United Campaign Against Plastic Bullets.

Speaking at the event Mr. Adams praised the consistent work of the UCAPL over more than 20 years.

He said: ‘Sinn Féin’s position on Plastic Bullets is unequivocal. They should not be used under any circumstances. On the contrary they should be withdrawn from use and banned.’

Mr. Adams praised those who participated in the vigil. He said:

"For over two decades the United Campaign Against Plastic Bullets has fought a courageous battle against the British state's use of plastic bullets.

“Since rubber bullets were first introduced in the early 1970s and then replaced by plastic bullets, seventeen people, 9 of them children and teenagers, have been killed by these lethal weapons.

“Thousands more have been injured, many of them scarred and disabled for life.

“This Sunday August 9th will mark the 20th anniversary of the killing of 15 year old Seamus Duffy from North Belfast. Like the others who were killed and injured no member of the RUC was ever held responsible for his death.

“The vigil is an important manifestation of the communities rejection of this weapon and the continuing demand for it to be banned.” ENDS

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