30 July 2005

Spytower on walls to come down

Daily Ireland

Eamonn Houston

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A British Army spytower perched on Derry’s historic walls is to be dismantled in response to the IRA’s statement, it emerged last night.
The watchtower has presided over the city’s Bogside for many years and was known as a base for British Army snipers scanning the area.
Speaking to Daily Ireland last night, Sinn Féin party chairman, Mitchel McLaughlin welcomed the move, but also demanded the removal of the largely unmanned PSNI base in the Rosemount area of the city.
“I welcome the fact that the British government has moved quickly to implement the process of demilitarisation so quickly after the historic announcement of the IRA,’ he said.
“Demilitarisation is a major part of the Good Friday Agreement and the British government must fulfill their commitments as soon as possible.
“The news that Masonic British Army barracks is to be removed is welcome indeed and this will get rid of the last British Army installation from the west bank.
“This post overlooking the Bogside is notorious, especially the part on the bastion that was known as ‘murderer’s corner’.
“It was from this post that several people were shot dead by British army snipers, the majority of them civilians.”
A British Army spokesman declined to speculate on the claims last night, but said that everything was being kept under review in tandem with the PSNI.

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