RUC opponents targeted
A spokesperson for the human rights group, Relatives for Justice,
has complained of a campaign of intense RUC harassment.
Mark Thompson's entire family have been subjected to RUC
harassment after a high profile public campaign in search of the
truth about Peter Thompson's murder by covert British Army
Thompson, who also highlighted the RUC's brutality during Donegal
Celtic's flirtation with legitimising the RUC, said that on
Friday 13 November, ``two RUC jeeps pulled up outside my home, up
on the footpath and my wife, who is eight months pregnant, could
not get out of the house. Another two jeeps arrived later, one
with a video camera pointed into the living room. It is no
coincidence that I am the spokesperson of the Relatives for
Meanwhile four nationalists who attended the Patten Commission's
public hearings in North Belfast have been told by the RUC they
are now on a Loyalist death list.
One prominent community activist and Sinn Fein member said, ``at
10.45pm on Sunday the RUC came and told both my husband and
myself that we should upgrade our security as we were on a
Loyalist death list. Apparently the information came from an
anonymous telephone call.''
The North Belfast woman added, ``this is the third time I've been
told I was on a Loyalist death list. Two years ago my name and
details about the car I drove appeared on a wall in Ligoniel. I
applied for a protective firearm licence but was turned down.''
She said, ``I take this very seriously, Brian Service was just a
couple of hundred yards from where I live. ``
Members of the RUC also shouted from the back of an RUC landrover
at her husband that `it's a rottweiller you need' as he walked
the couple's small dog shortly after the RUC visit.
Sinn Fein's Mick Conlon said: ``The number of people being told
they are on loyalist death lists is growing day by day.'' He
asked, ``has the Red Hand Defenders cover name been used again or
are the threats from loyalist groups supposedly on ceasefire? The
RUC must identify which loyalist group issued the death threat.
Their refusal is highly suspicious.''