Letters to the Editor, ‘CRJI mixing of policing and youth work is a political act’, claims RNU

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Friday, April 12th, 2013
Community, Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor,

The revelation that a recent programme, organized for young people in the Barcroft area of Newry by CRJI (Community Restorative Justice Ireland) was funded by the Policing and Community Safety Partnership is a worrying development for local republicans.

The mixing of policing and youth work is a political act and is sending a political message to those children involved.

As revolutionary republicans we in the Republican Network for Unity make no apology for holding the opinion that while policing is in the control of MI5 in the north organizations that claim to represent or act on behalf of republican communities should have nothing to do with it.

MI5 is directing the PSNI in an all out campaign of intimidation, harassment and politically motivated detention of republican activists across Newry and Mourne. Routine stop and searches of our members, by heavily armed and aggressive police personnel happen in front of our children.

The PSNI concern for the children of these republican areas is strangely absent when their officers are calling their parents ‘tramps’ ‘whores’ and ‘scumbags’. Threatening to have parents arrested in front of their terrified children is also an act of child abuse.

The South Down branch of the Republican Network for Unity urge all parents to consider seriously allowing their children to take part in MI5 endorsed propaganda campaigns whether organized by schools, churches or community groups.

There are a number of groups who do not accept funding from a political police force doing great work in our communities on youth issues. Republicans cannot accept community organizations funded by anti community police.

Republican Network for Unity


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