6 January 2005 Edition

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West Belfast MLA hits out at covert British military activity

Speaking after receiving a number of complaints from constituents, West Belfast Sinn Féin MLA Michael Ferguson has hit out at the increased covert British forces activity in the Andersonstown area which has taken place over the past number of weeks.

"I have received a number of complaints from constituents who have seen people taking photographs of them from Andersonstown Barracks while they have been coming and going from local businesses," he said.

"There have also been a number of sightings of people in unmarked cars taking photographs of residents going about their daily business.

"This type of activity points clearly to the British covert activity. It is unacceptable that almost seven years from the signing of the Good Friday Agreement, we still have British forces spying on the people of West Belfast.

"It is particularly worrying given the history of collusion between the British State forces and unionist death squads."

"Clearly there are those within the British establishment who are still operating to a securocrat agenda."

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