Interesting piece from Gemma Murray at the Newsletter on the continuence of punishment beatings in Loyalist areas around Belfast, where the state’s justice system seems to have been supplanted by summary punishment by unappointed paramilitaries. According to one unnamed, Republicans continued to exile ‘young offenders’ during the election campaign. In defence of this approach some say that it is a case of communities defending themselves against certain individuals. But as Chris McGimpsey hinted during the election, in the absence of any reliable form of due process, it is hard to discern where community begins and individual ends.
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