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Stop & Search Figures Double in Five Years


Breandán Mac Cionnaithéirígí general secretary Breandán Mac Cionnaith has said the doubling of stop & search incidents in the Six Counties in the space of five years is evidence of the continuing political role of the PSNI.

According to figures released yesterday [Tuesday], the PSNI stopped and searched 28,420 people under so-called ‘anti-terrorist’ legislation in 2009. The figure for 2004 was just over 14,000.

24,541 of those detained last year were stopped under Section 44 of the British government’s ‘Terrorism Act’, a piece of legislation that was declared unlawful by the European Court of Human Rights last month.

Mac Cionnaith said: “The PSNI is a politically-motivated paramilitary force, the figures on stop and search incidents from last year highlight this fact. The doubling of the number of incidents since 2004 demonstrates that, not only has the PSNI not become more acceptable or less politically motivated, it has actually gone into overdrive in its attempts to protect the British occupation.

“The British government, the PSNI and its local cheerleaders in the Six County establishment parties have all ignored the recent ruling by the European Court of Human Rights and continued as if it is business as usual in their daily work of solidifying partition and British rule.”

Mac Cionnaith continued: “The PSNI and the repressive legislation it is using on a daily basis need to be actively opposed; that is the only way that human rights abuses can be curbed and, ultimately, ended.

“éirígí will be escalating its campaign against the British government’s political police and their harassment of the nationalist and republican community in the coming weeks.”


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