Republican News · Thursday 15 June 2000

[An Phoblacht]

Protest againt British Army band in Dublin

A protest against the visit to Dublin of a British Army Band is to be held outside the National Concert Hall on Friday 23 June. The Band of the Irish Guards Regiment of the British Army is to perform there in a joint concert with the Dublin government's Defence Forces No. 1 Band. The South Armagh Farmers and

Residents Committee has called on people to protest at the visit which they say is part of the British Army's public relations effort to hide their ongoing occupation of areas like South Armagh.The protest at the visit is at 7pm sharp outside the National Concert Hall on 23 June. In a reply to a Dáil Question from Sinn Féin TD Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin on 7 June Defence Minister Michael Smith said he was ``agreeable to the proposed participation by the Defence Forces in the concert as visits of this kind are normal between friendly countries''.

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