SDLP: UVF behind the desecration threat

SDLP South Antrim MLA Thomas Burns said he believes the UVF was behind the protest at the Carnmoney Blessing of the Graves and subsequent threats to desecrate Catholic graves.

From Thomas Burns:

“The UVF is flexing its muscles all around Greater Belfast since the Whiterock parade, and it seems this protest gave it just the excuse it needed to win a bit of turf from the UDA.

“Our message to the paramilitaries is simple: get out of business or be put out of business, close down or be closed. The SDLP has produced a document on dealing with the loyalist gangs and the time has now come to put it into action.

“. The police and the Assets Recovery Agency should now target the drug-dealing brigadiers and seize all the assets they grabbed at the expense of hard-working people: their big houses, their jeeps, their stud farms and their yachts, right down to their gold chains.

“We need to show the paramilitaries up for the small-time hoods they really are. Then perhaps misguided people will no longer support cynical protest actions like the one at Carnmoney cemetery.”

  • victor1

    UVF/UDA hardly matters really who makes the threats as the authorities will do nothing and the culprits and thier leaders will continue with thier sectarian bile.

  • Dick Doggins

    The SDLP has produced a document

    Well this will have loyalists quaking in their boots!!!!!

  • levee

    I’m behind the SDLP on this one. At least it’s a peaceful initiative to move forward.

    Coupled with Paisley’s call to isolate violent Loyalists, a lawful approach to ridding ourselves of gangsters might be the best way.

    What we need now is for the communities that harbour these people to turn them over to the police.

  • Dread Cthulhu

    Levee: “I’m behind the SDLP on this one. At least it’s a peaceful initiative to move forward.

    Coupled with Paisley’s call to isolate violent Loyalists, a lawful approach to ridding ourselves of gangsters might be the best way.

    What we need now is for the communities that harbour these people to turn them over to the police.”

    About the best, all the way around, esp. if, having been arrested for “ordinary decent gangsterism,” they can be prosecuted and punished like ordinary decent gangsters – for *BOTH* sides. Even if you accept the arguements for political status made in the past, dealing drugs is dealing drugs, an ironic way to support a revolution, since odds are its your own community they’re dealing in / to.