People Before Profit MP: “The UK state is primarily responsible for the problems”
Tuesday’s debate focused on the government’s plan to end all prosecutions for crimes committed before the spring of 1998 for good, angering politicians and many victims.
Mr Carroll (who is neither listed as an MP nor a Unionist or a nationalist) decried “the British Empire, where the sun never sets and blood never runs dry” during his contribution to Tuesday’s Stormont session .
He told the chamber: “There is no doubt that the British state has been the main protagonist in fueling violence and conflict in the North.
“This is evident when you look at the pattern of repression and violence that was inflicted on a peaceful and democratic civil rights movement and various abuses of power in the early 1970s and beyond, including internment, collusion, torture and shootings. kill.
“The list is lengthened increasingly …
“If the crimes of the British Army in the North were tried in court, the image created by the British establishment of an army sent on a peacekeeping mission between warring tribes would be even more shattered. This would call into question the whole institution of the British army.
In 2018, Sinn Fein’s Gerry Kelly was widely criticized for saying the British state was the “main protagonist” of the unrest – even though security forces were responsible for around a tenth of the deaths (and many they were gunmen or downed bombers). in “active service”).
In yesterday’s debate, Sinn Fein reaffirmed its position on the history of the unrest.
Michelle O’Neill said the amnesty is intended to protect “the upper echelons of British politics, military and intelligence who designed, facilitated and covered up the policy and practice of British state terrorism, which involved killings of ‘State and Torture Practices in Interrogation Centers’. , and presided over the importation of weapons and administrative practices of collusion ”.
Mr. Kelly stood up to add his own denunciation … using virtually identical words.
And Declan Kearney specifically criticized those “in Thatcher’s war cabinet who supplied arms to unionist paramilitary organizations such as the Ulster Resistance (UR)”.
The University of Ulster CAIN project does not attribute a single death to the short-lived UR group of Reverend Ian Paisley (although it does note that UR members were involved in the surrender of weapons to the traditional loyalist paramilitaries).
In contrast, CAIN says the group responsible by far the largest number of killings was the IRA, with 1,705 dead (although this number is an underestimate, due to a large number of “unclaimed” killings. ).
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