Monday, 1 March 2010
Plastic Bullet Brutality in Craigavon
At least three baton rounds were fired by the force at youths in the nationalist Drumbeg and Meadowbrook areas.
Mac Cionnaith said: “Plastic bullets are lethal weapons. Since their introduction in the early 1970s they have been directly responsible for the deaths of 17 people. Yet the PSNI seems determined to continue using these barbaric weapons until they inflict heartbreak on yet another innocent family.
“At a time when the great and the good are proclaiming a new beginning for policing in the Six Counties, the PSNI is proving, by its own actions, that it is business as usual as far as its treatment of nationalist communities is concerned.”
Mac Cionnaith continued: “It is time for the PSNI’s political cheerleaders to come clean on their claims that the devolution of limited policing & justice powers will change the nationalist experience of policing.
“The PSNI is as unacceptable an entity as the RUC was. It must be opposed by all those with any concern for the human rights of nationalists and republicans. Incidents like last night’s in Craigavon merely prove that point.”