Marian Price, donna simbolo della lotta repubblicana, è stata arrestata questa mattina nell’ambito delle indagini sulla strage di Massereene del 7 marzo scorso
Marian Price, portavoce del 32 County Sovereignty Movement, è stata arrestata stamattina a West Belfast. Oltre a lei, prelevato dalla PSNI anche un uomo, trentanovenne, originario di Tyrone.
L’arresto è avvenuto alle 7.30 di ieri mattina. Mentre la PSNI era impegnata nella perquisizione della sua abitazione in Stockman Avenue, nei pressi della M1, a bordo di una Land Rover è arrivata una squadra di agenti armati fino ai denti con indosso giubbetti antiproiettile, che ha prelevato la donna.
Marion Price e l’uomo, di cui non si conoscono ancora le generalità, sono ora trattenuti nella caserma di Antrim per essere sottoposti ad interrogatorio.
Marian Price è una figura di spicco del movimento repubblicano in Irlanda. Fu accusata e incarcerata per l’attentato all’Old Bailey di Londra, insieme all’attuale esponente dello Sinn Fein, Gerry Kelly. Nella strage trovò la morte un uomo e 200 furono i feriti.
Al tempo dell’Accordo del Venerdì Santo ha guidato il gruppo scissionista dello Sinn Fein, andando a formare poi il gruppo del 32csm, ritenuto collegato al Real IRA, gruppo paramilitare repubblicano che ha rivendicato l’attentato di Massereene.
Sono 14 le persone fino ad ora arrestate in connessione all’attentato alla base militare di Massereene. In carcere fino ad ora solo Colin Duffy e Brian Shivers. Quest’ultimo si trova agli arresti domiciliari a causa delle precarie condizioni di salute. L’uomo è infatti affetto da fibrosi cistica.
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Old Bailey bomber arrested over soldiers murders (U TV)
Leading republican Marian Price has been arrested by detectives investigating the murders of two soldiers outside Massereene barracks in Antrim.
Heavily armed police raided her home in the Andersonstown area of west Belfast and she was taken away for questioning about the Real IRA killings last March.
Price, 55, was arrested along with a 39-year-old man, who was detained 40 miles away in Coalisland, Co Tyrone.
It is understood that police began the search of her semi-detached red brick house in Stockman’s Avenue, a quiet cul de sac close to the M1 motorway, when heavily armed police wearing flak jackets arrived in cars and Land Rovers at around 7.30am on Monday.
The arrested pair are being held in Antrim for questioning.
A total of 14 people have now been arrested in connection with the murders of Sappers Patrick Azimkar, 21, from London, and Mark Quinsey, 23, from Birmingham at the military base.
Only two men have been charged so far, prominent Co Armagh republican Colin Duffy, 41, and Brian Shivers, 44, from Magherafelt, Co Londonderry.
Price and her sister Dolores were among those convicted over the 1973 bombing outside the Old Bailey in which one person was killed and around 200 others injured.
The Price sisters were transferred to a Northern Ireland prison after going on hunger strike.
The episode secured their position as high-profile members of the republican movement at the time.
Marian Price has since been a vocal critic of the decision of the mainstream republican movement to decommission weapons and back the political process.
She is a leading member of the 32 County Sovereignty Movement, considered to be the Real IRA’s political wing.IRA bomber held over base murders (BBC News Northern Ireland)
A former IRA woman who was jailed for bombing the Old Bailey in London, has been arrested in connection with the shooting of two soldiers in Antrim.
Marian Price, who is 55, was arrested in west Belfast on Tuesday.
She is being held in connection with the Real IRA murders of two soldiers at Massereene Army base in March.
A 39-year-old man was also arrested in County Tyrone. A total of 12 people have been arrested in connection with the shooting, with two charged.
A police spokesperson said the arrests, made on Tuesday morning, were part of an on-going search operation.
The pair have been taken to Antrim police station for questioning, the spokesperson added.
Ms Price and her sister Dolours were among those convicted for the 1973 bombing outside the Old Bailey in which one person was killed and almost 200 others were injured.
She went on hunger strike in prison and was highly regarded by people in the republican movement.
She split with the mainstream republicans of Sinn Fein around the time of the Good Friday Agreement in 1998.
In 2001 she told the BBC that Sinn Fein had committed “treason and treachery” and “sold out on all republican principles and core values”.
She is now a spokesperson for the 32 County Sovereignty Movement, considered to be the Real IRA’s political wing.
Sappers Patrick Azimkar, 21 and Mark Quinsey, 23, were shot dead outside Massereene barracks.
Two men, prominent republican Colin Duffy, 41, and Brian Shivers, 44, from Sperrin Mews in Magherafelt, have been charged with the murders.