FAMIGLIE MESSE IN FUGA DA TIGER BAY? UN TENTATIVO DI FAR SALIRE LE TENSIONI
Il North Belfast Community Development and Transition Group nega che famiglie siano state cacciate dall’UDA dall’area di Tiger Bay
“Nessuno è stato buttato fuori dalla zona (Tiger Bay). Sembra che per una qualche ragione sia in atto qualche tentativo di aumentare le tensioni nella zona. Non ci sono prove documentate che alcune persone vengono minacciate o costrette ad andarsene” recita il portavoce del North Belfast Community Development and Transition Group (NBCD & TG).
Lo scorso agosto una donna di Tiger Bay aveva dichiarato che l’intera area è ‘tenuta in ostaggio’ dall’UDA. Secondo la sua testimonianza il nome del nipote sarebbe stato inserito in una lista di dodici compilata dai leaders del gruppo paramilitare lealista in base ad informazioni che metterebbero in connessione tali nominativi con attività criminali. L’elenco è stato distribuito nell’intera Tiger Bay. Chiunque si ritenga avere un qualsiasi collegamento con le persone iscritte nell’elenco potrebbe essere considerato colpevole di “tradimento”.
Brian Madden, pastore dell’Elim Christian Centre ha dichiarato a seguito di colloqui che le famiglie oggetto di intimidazioni affermano che alla base della loro diaspora ci sia “al 100%” l’UDA”.
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UDA eviction claims ‘an attempt to raise tensions’ (Belfast Media)
A Tigers Bay community development group has rejected claims families have been forced from their homes in the district saying it is an attempt to “raise tensions” in the area.
A spokesman for the North Belfast Community Development and Transition Group (NBCD&TC) denied media reports that around six families have been forced out of their homes in recent weeks by the UDA.
“We are not aware of all these families being forced out of their homes. We do know a couple of people have left the area but they weren’t forced out or threatened,” he said.
Last month a Tiger’s Bay grandmother told the North Belfast News (August 21) that the area was being “held to ransom by paramilitaries”.
The woman, who was too afraid to be identified, said her grandson is on a list of people UDA chiefs claim are involved in criminality in the area.
She said he was named in a list of around twelve that was distributed in the area. The list stated that anyone associated with the named men will be guilty of “treason”.
But the spokesman for the NBCD&TC said people are “making these things out to be something different”.
“There has been no one put out of the area. It seems like there is some attempts to raise tensions on the area for whatever reason. There are no substantiated claims that people are being threatened or forced out,” he said.
However Pastor Brian Madden from Elim Christian Centre said he has spoken to the families involved and they are “100 per cent sure” the UDA are behind the intimidation.
Pastor Madden said they have tried to meet with the senior figures in the UDA without success.
“They have asked the leadership of the UDA to meet with them but as yet no meeting has taken place. There was a meeting arranged for last Friday (August 27) but they didn’t show up,” he said.
“They don’t want meetings where people sit down and argue. These are meetings where we can sit down with people we may have had differences with and resolve them through positive dialogue,” he said.
Pastor Madden added that one of the families have children as young as two-years-old and one man has been living in the same house for 46 years.
“Kids are being moved about from place to place. It has been very disruptive and the families are totally disillusioned by the whole thing,” he said.