Éirígí rejects PSNI offer
Tuesday, 1 July 2014
The Newry spokesperson of the Socialist Republican party, Eirígí, Stephen Murney has confirmed that the party will not take up the offer to meet with the PSNI to discuss the early morning house raids carried out in the town recently.
The PSNI Area Commander, Davy Beck, had offered to meet with the party after Mr Murney condemned the PSNI over the issue.
Responding to the offer, Mr Murney said: "There would be absolutely no merit or value in meeting with the PSNI to discuss these matters. This force is responsible for ongoing and repeated human rights' violations in Newry and elsewhere in the Six Counties.
“Indeed, an independent human rights organisation has published reports which demonstrate that PSNI operations, such as the recent raids in Newry and the use of stop and search powers, are carried out on the instructions of MI5 and are politically motivated."
“It is noticeable that PSNI has never denied the claims made in those reports which also indicate that one third of PSNI personnel could be under the direct control of MI5.
“Even in my own case, the PSNI actions, which included raids on my home and my detention in prison, were shown to be without any basis when the courts dismissed all charges against me. I have yet to hear any acknowledgement or admission from the PSNI that their actions were wrong," he continued.
“Our party will not provide credence, or provide any fig-leaf of cover, to the PSNI. Neither will we desist from exposing that force's ongoing actions that repeatedly result in human rights violations," he added.
Chief Inspector Davy Beck commented: "It is disappointing that Eirigi has rejected the opportunity to work together to make our communities safer.
To date, Eirigi have not met nor made any attempt to discuss community issues and concerns with PSNI.
“PSNI have acknowledged that the only successful way to police a community is with consent and through partnership. Those who refuse to engage with police are only successful in creating suspicion, doubt and isolation in the communities that we are working tirelessly to keep safe on a daily basis."
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