29 November 2005

Anger After Sinn Féin Assembly Member Arrested In Early Morning Raid

Sinn Féin

Published: 29 November, 2005

Sinn Féin Chief Negotiator Martin McGuinness has described the arrest this morning of party Assembly member Francie Brolly as 'one of the most blatant examples of political policing seen here in recent times'.

Mr McGuinness said:

" This morning heavily armed PSNI members arrested East Derry Assembly member Francie Brolly from his home in Dungiven. This is the latest and among the most blatant examples of political policing seen here in recent times.As has become the norm with this type of political policing selected media outlets were briefed about the identities of those arrested.

" Francie Brolly is an elected representative and a key participant in the peace process. His arrest is completely motivated by an anti-peace process and anti-Sinn Féin agenda operating at the heart of the Special Branch.

" Sinn Féin are demanding the immediate release of Francie Brolly and we will be raising this issue with both the British and Irish governments." ENDS

Editors Note: Republicans will hold a protest outside Dungiven PSNI Barracks at 2pm today demanding an end to political policing and the release to Francie Brolly.

Sinn Fein General Secretary Mitchel McLaughlin will attend the protest and be available to speak to the media

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