13 January 2005 Edition

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No let up in harassment in Fermanagh

Sinn Féin MLA Thomas O'Reilly (right) has highlighted recent crown forces' activity targeting the nationalist community in Fermanagh.

Reilly reports that on New Year's Eve one person was driving to a party when he was stopped and harassed over a supposedly faulty brake light that was actually in full working order. "Days later, another constituent explained to me how he had been followed for three quarters of an hour by a helicopter, with the pilot intent on making his presence felt," said O'Reilly.

"In Enniskillen, meanwhile, on the Sligo Road people are contending with very high levels of helicopter activity at all hours of the night.

"Travelling along the border from Fermanagh to Armagh over the past few weeks since the DUP sabotaged the talks, I have seen for myself the increased military activity. British soldiers in ditches with guns, stopping people and keeping them on the side of the road for hours on end. Given the fact that the peace process has been under way for so long, we have to ask the question: 'Why are they here?' I have no doubt that Gerry Adams will be reminding the two governments that British securocrats have behaved like rabid dogs for the past 30 years and must be called to heel immediately."

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