Republican News · Thursday 19 November 1998

[An Phoblacht]

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 soldiers.

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 Justice.''

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.''

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