According to one local source, a small number of men carrying rifles stopped motorists in the mainly nationalist Border village between Newry and Dundalk on Friday and distributed leaflets. It is believed locally that the men were dissident republicans. An unknown number of others were said to be in the background where the checkpoint was operated and the leaflets handed out.
The leaflets, which were also handed out in the locality, advised locals not to co-operate with the PSNI, the Garda, Sinn Féin or MI5 British intelligence agents. The leaflets are also believed to contain warnings against anti-social activity and drugs offences. PSNI officers who were patrolling the area at the time of the incident said they deliberately did not intervene and evaluated the situation from a distance. [emphasis added]
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