“since last February, we have facilitated the forced departure of 57 young people…”

To be filed alongside the report of the 18-year-old shot in both legs in the Creggan estate in Londonderry.  While his mother waited at the top of the lane…  According to the Irish Times headline – “Five forced to flee Derry city after death threats“.  Except…  From the report

A DERRY community worker who helps young people who have been threatened by the vigilante group Republican Action Against Drugs, said yesterday that five young men were forced to flee the city last week after they had received death threats.

Michael Doherty of the Peace and Reconciliation Group said one of the young men “wanted to get it over and done with” rather than leave his home.

“Eventually after some arguing and debating, we persuaded him that it was in his best interests to leave,” said Mr Doherty.

“He was the fifth young person we helped to leave Derry last week and since last February, we have facilitated the forced departure of 57 young people, almost all of them male.”

Hmmm… Again.

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