19 May 2005 Edition

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Collusion protestors face new Direct Rule Minister

A number of anti-collusion activists held a protest outside Antrim Road PSNI barracks in North Belfast on Friday 13 May as new NIO Security Minister Shaun Woodward met with senior PSNI commanders.

Woodward, who took over from Ian Pearson after last week's British cabinet shuffle, was visiting the North Belfast base when he was confronted by protestors

Newly-elected Sinn Féin Councillor Tierna Cunningham said the protestors wanted to remind Woodward that collusion is real and that the British Government have to come clean with the truth.

"What we have is that the British Government who for years denied that collusion existed are now trying to frustrate any inquiries into the activities of their forces with unionist paramilitaries with the recently enacted Inquiries Bill. The Finucane family has already rejected any inquiry into the killing of solicitor Pat Finucane if it takes place under the Inquiries Bill.

Other families, judges, human rights organisations and political parties also say they will not accept any inquiry set up under the Inquiries Bill and are calling on the British Government to set up full, open and transparent inquiries into collusion."


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