North Belfast Sinn Féin councillor Carál Ní Chuilín told an Easter memorial crowd that republicans would resist attempts to criminalise them:
The leaders of the 1916 Rising were branded as criminals. The political prisoners in the 1970s and 1980s were branded as criminals, and ten men died to show that republicans are not criminal. We will not allow our struggle to be criminalised by enemies who fear Sinn Féin and our increased vote. That is another reason why people need to maximise our vote in May.
She went on to insist that all the blame for the breakdown of negotiations last December related to the DUP’s insistence on photographs of IRA decommissioning.
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