SEQUESTRATE DAL PSNI LETTERE SUI DIRITTI CIVILI
Un membro del 32CSM ha accusato il PSNI di aver sequestrato lettere che il movimento avrebbe voluto portare a conoscenza del presidente McAleese e di altri personaggi di spicco presenti alla conferenza per i diritti civili alla Guildhall di Derry tenutasi lo scorso week end. Il PSNI ha risposto dal canto suo, che si è trattata di un’operazione nell’ambito del Terrorism Act e che se lo ritengono necessario possono rivolgersi all’Ombudsman.
“E’ ridicolo che 40 anni dall’inizio della lotta per i diritti civili ci sia ancora una cosiddetta forza di polizia con poteri quasi illimitati, che sembra poter fare quello che vuole, e quando vuole. Mi appello a tutti i partiti coinvolti per spiegare la differenza esistente tra lo Special Power Act ed il Terrorism Act. Entrambe le leggi sono utilizzate per reprimere i diritti civili e garantire che chiunque parli contro lo Stato sia un obiettivo di vessazioni se non peggio “.
PSNI accused over civil rights letters
The PSNI have been accused of breaching the right to privacy after they took copies of letters meant for President McAleese and others attending the Civil Rights conference in Derry’s Guildhall yesterday. A member of the 32 County Sovereignty Movement said that he and several others from his party intended going to the conference with letters to be handed to the prominent personalities attending he conference.
he said: “We had several letters which we wanted to hand to President McAleese and those other personalities at this conference. On the way to the conference we were stopped by the PSNI who took the letters from us. They said they were doing this under the Terrorism Act.
“I argued with them and told them that they had no right to do that as these were private communications but they went ahead anyway. When I persisted in arguing with them they told me that I should go to the Ombudsman. They eventually gave me back the letters.
“It is ridiculous that 40 years after the struggle for civil rights first began we still have a so called police force with almost unlimited powers who it seems can do what they like when they like. I would call on all those parties who are so intent on calling for support for this discredited force to explain what the difference between the Special Powers Act and the Terrorism Act. Both Acts are used to suppress civil rights and ensure that the anyone who speaks out against the state is a target for harrasment and worse.”
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