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27 March 2003 Edition

British soldiers confronted in South Armagh

27 March 2003

Sinn Féin demilitarisation campaigners are pictured confronting British soldiers on patrol in south Armagh last Sunday. Free article

Thousands protest across Ireland

27 March 2003

'Bertie Iscariot, you betrayed us all,' screamed one banner at Dublin's Anti-War protest on Saturday. The protest was just one of many that took place throughout Ireland last week, when thousands of people demonstrated and marched against the invasion of Iraq. Free article

Unionist paramiltaries gear up for the summer

27 March 2003

There are growing fears within nationalist communties throughout the North that unionist paramilitaries are already attempting to heighten tensions in a run-up to the Orange marching season. Free article

Wilford takes the stand

27 March 2003

Colonel Derek Wilford, the former commander of 1 Para on Bloody Sunday began giving his evidence to the Bloody Sunday inquiry on Wednesday and, as expected, defended the actions the soldiers under his command which led to the deaths of 14 people and the wounding of 14 more. Free article


Investigations delayed as NIO refuse funding

27 March 2003

Investigations into three controversial killings will be delayed because the NIO has refused to provide the necessary funding. The decision follows recent remarks by the PSNI chief constable Hugh Orde that suggested that money spent on the Saville Inquiry into Bloody Sunday had been a waste. Orde later apologised to the families of those killed by British paratroopers. Free article

Peace process negotiations far from over

27 March 2003

Despite significant progress in the last few weeks of negotiations, Sinn Féin has insisted that there is still no closure on key issues, including demilitarisation, policing and criminal justice reform. The party has also insisted that the existing proposal for sanctions against any party deemed in breach of its commitment to exclusively peaceful means remains a potential deal-breaker. Free article

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