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Clogher demands demilitarisation

Around 150 local people attended a demilitarisation protest in front of the British Army camp in Clogher, County Tyrone, on Sunday last. The crowd heard calls from Dungannon Mayor Francie Molloy for the complete removal of the British military machine from the area. He said that this area had suffered the brunt of military occupation for over 30 years.

Sinn Fein has produced a document which details the harassment and intimidation of nationalists by the British Army and RUC in the area and also illustrates how the military presence has had a detrimental effect on inward investment, the farming community, tourism and on regenetation within the area.

A meeting has been demanded with John Reid so he can explain face to face the reasons for the continued military presence in Clogher/Augher. Councillors Seamus Flanagan and Sean McGuigan welcomed such a large turnout of local people and said that Sinn Féin will continue to campaign until all signs of the British military occupation have been removed from the area.
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