25 August 2005 Edition

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Unionist provocation in Rasharkin

Unionist provocation in Rasharkin

ered in Cushendall to hear Sinn Féin spokesperson Jim McVeigh praise determined activists in North Antrim for the meteoric rise of Sinn Féin there over the last number of years.

McVeigh also called on all republicans, especially the youth in North Antrim to rally to the cause in the wake of the recent statement by Óglaigh na hÉireann. "There is now a bigger program of work to be undertaken not smaller, more reason to engage in the struggle not less," he said.

Pauline Davey Kennedy called for all the people of the Glens and beyond to aid and support the search for truth and justice in relation to the British policy of collusion with loyalist death squads over the years. She also asked for people to be vocal and forthright in their condemnation of the killing of Jean Charles de Menezes on the 22 July of this year by Metropolitan Police under a similar "shoot-to-kill" policy.

Man remanded over attacks

Provocative display

Nationalists in Rasharkin, County Antrim protested peacefully despite provocation before a loyalist bands march through the area on Friday evening 19 August.

Up to 1,200 band members and supporters flouted the Parades Commission ruling as unionist paramilitary flags and UVF paraphernalia were clearly on display.

The DUP's Mervyn Storey defended the flying of UVF flags claiming they had "historical significance" and he refused to condemn the burning of the Tricolour by the mob of supporters accompanying the bands.

Sinn Féin's Daithí McKay and Philip McGuigan MLA responded angrily at the lack of stewarding. The Residents' Association is to present the Parades Commission with a list of complaints and photographs of the incidents.

Collusion parade in the Glens

On Sunday 21 August, following a parade from Waterfoot to Cushendall in the Glens of Antrim, a crowd over 100 gath> A 25-year-old County Antrim man has appeared in court charged in connection with a series of attacks on nationalist-owned pubs and homes in North Antrim.

Mark Samuel Fry, of Brookfield Gardens, Ahoghill, faced four charges of attempted intimidation and four charges of criminal damage. The charges stem from attacks in Rasharkin and Portglenone which took place in the early hours of Friday morning 19 August. Two pubs and two houses had a total of nine windows damaged.

Fry, wearing a Glasgow Rangers' shirt, was remanded in custody to appear at Ballymena Magistrates Court via video link today, Thursday 25 August.

Intimidation on Antrim coast

Nationalists living along the North Antrim coast have been warned to be vigilant amid fears that unionist paramilitaries are targeting local homes and businesses.

Last week loyalists hung union jack flags in the grounds of St Aloysius Catholic High School in Cushendall.

The inciered in Cushendall to hear Sinn Féin spokesperson Jim McVeigh praise determined activists in North Antrim for the meteoric rise of Sinn Féin there over the last number of years.

McVeigh also called on all republicans, especially the youth in North Antrim to rally to the cause in the wake of the recent statement by Óglaigh na hÉireann. "There is now a bigger program of work to be undertaken not smaller, more reason to engage in the struggle not less," he said.

Pauline Davey Kennedy called for all the people of the Glens and beyond to aid and support the search for truth and justice in relation to the British policy of collusion with loyalist death squads over the years. She also asked for people to be vocal and forthright in their condemnation of the killing of Jean Charles de Menezes on the 22 July of this year by Metropolitan Police under a similar "shoot-to-kill" policy.

Man remanded over attacks

Local Sinn Féin Councillor Oliver McMullan has appealed for nationalists living in the Glens to be cautious. "The loyalists who hung the union flags around the school earlier in the week had weapons," says McMullan, "It was a young man who saw them and he was obviously reluctant to challenge them because they appeared to be armed.

"The media focus in recent days has been on sectarian attacks on nationalists in Ballymena and Ahoghill, but it is important the rest of the country knows that people in the Glens of Antrim also feel vulnerable. We shouldn't have to suffer in silence."

Postal Staff receive UVF death threats

Royal Mail employees have received death threats from unionist paramilitaries warning them not to deliver any mail in North Belfast.

It is believed the threat emanates from the UVF and is linked to fe> A 25-year-old County Antrim man has appeared in court charged in connection with a series of attacks on nationalist-owned pubs and homes in North Antrim.

Mark Samuel Fry, of Brookfield Gardens, Ahoghill, faced four charges of attempted intimidation and four charges of criminal damage. The charges stem from attacks in Rasharkin and Portglenone which took place in the early hours of Friday morning 19 August. Two pubs and two houses had a total of nine windows damaged.

Fry, wearing a Glasgow Rangers' shirt, was remanded in custody to appear at Ballymena Magistrates Court via video link today, Thursday 25 August.

Intimidation on Antrim coast

Nationalists living along the North Antrim coast have been warned to be vigilant amid fears that unionist paramilitaries are targeting local homes and businesses.

Last week loyalists hung union jack flags in the grounds of St Aloysius Catholic High School in Cushendall.

The inciud with the LVF. As a result some deliveries in the north of the city have been disrupted for several days, with one postal worker being told to "stay out" of the Ballysillan area — allegedly an LVF stronghold.

A spokesperson for the Belfast branch of the Communication Workers' Unions said he was angry that, as a union representative, he had not been informed of the threat by Royal Mail management.

dent follows a spate of sectarian attacks and intimidation in the North Antrim area.

Local Sinn Féin Councillor Oliver McMullan has appealed for nationalists living in the Glens to be cautious. "The loyalists who hung the union flags around the school earlier in the week had weapons," says McMullan, "It was a young man who saw them and he was obviously reluctant to challenge them because they appeared to be armed.

"The media focus in recent days has been on sectarian attacks on nationalists in Ballymena and Ahoghill, but it is important the rest of the country knows that people in the Glens of Antrim also feel vulnerable. We shouldn't have to suffer in silence."

Postal Staff receive UVF death threats

Royal Mail employees have received death threats from unionist paramilitaries warning them not to deliver any mail in North Belfast.

It is believed the threat emanates from the UVF and is linked to fe


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