IF ANYONE WITNESSED THS INCIDENT THAT TOOK PLACE NORTH OF THE SHEEPBRIDGE INN OR EVEN SEEN THE ROAD BEING SEALED OFF BY THE CROWN FORCES COULD THE CONTACT ME ASAP.
REPUBLICAN NETWORK for UNITY (RNU) Spokesperson, MARTIN OG MEEHAN has expressed serious concerns after today’s brutal RUC/PSNI treatment against four RNU members, including our National Chairperson just outside Banbridge, County Down.
"Earlier today, the four RNU Activists were returning home to Belfast after attending a successful rally organised by Dublin comrades in opposition to next week's visit to the city by Elizabeth Winsdor. When they reached Newry, our members noticed three unmarked Volkswagen estate cars were travelling in convoy just behind them.
As they neared Banbridge on the A1 Carriageway, another four unmarked cars with flashing blue lights blocked all the lanes which forced traffic to a standstill. At that point, the three unmarked cars from behind sped up and boxed their car in. DMSU personnel quickly disembarked, cops got out and started pointing guns at the occupants. Throughout, they were screaming at the passengers to put their hands in the air. They also started to bang their guns against the windows, screaming at the occupants to slowly open the car doors. As the RNU Activists attempted to do so, the adrelinin-filled DMSU members were screaming at them to do it slowly or they would fire.
When the doors opened, they dragged the four Political Activists from the vehicle. One of who, is the elderly mother of a current POW in Maghaberry Prison.They dragged the woman by the hair, screaming at her not to look at them. Before forcing her onto her knees, where she was vigorously searched by a male Peeler. While this was ongoing, a significant number of motorists were clearly horrified at what they were witnessing. The DMSU SGT realised how this looked and told his men to take the three male passengers out of sight and into a nearby field. Where they beat the three men to the ground and kicked them into a kneeling position. They ordered the three RNU members not to make sudden movements or look at them, or they would be shot. Within seconds, an English DMSU member, dressed in a boiler-suit produced a camcorder and recorded the men's faces.
At that stage, four RUC landrovers arrived along with a number of unmarked cars, a number of plain-clothes people left the cars and donned 'Police Caps'. Minutes later, they approached our National Chairperson and driver of the car stating; 'No ****ing surprise to see you two in the car'. They were notified by the third male RNU member that he had a serious knee injury and was in bandages. To which they replied; '**** up and get on the ground you fat bastard'. The unreformed RUC also demanded to know where the Activists had been and referred to a red van.The RNU members had absolutly no idea what they were talking about.
After thirty minutes, one lane of the Carriageway was reopened and traffic was cars allowed to proceed. They searched the male RNU members a second time which included grabbing the men's RNU private parts and feeling down the back of their trousers and into their boxer shorts. Afterwards, our members were informed they were free to go about their business and presented them with blue search sheets. When the National Chairperson asked; 'What was that all about'? He was told to take the issue up with his Solicitor. Where upon the re-branded RUC left the scene, travelling northbound".
Mr. Meehan concluded; “Today’s incident again illustrates just how unreformed the British Police across Ireland conduct it’s activities. RNU demand an answer from the PSNI? Why was a female Activist physically and sexually assaulted and three others beaten and threatened with being shot?
Whatever happened to the promised changes by the great and good of Nationalist Ireland? The reality for the Republican community is that Political Policing has not gone away”.