Alan Lundy

On 15th July 2i was arrested by the PSNI in an early morning raid

on my home. This was in relation to a number of scurrilous accusations

made by a single PSNI officer regarding my behaviour while acting as a

steward at the successful GARC protest march against sectarianism on

the 12th July 2012. I was accused by this PSNI officer of throwing a

missile at police lines, an accusation that i have vociferously

rejected at all times. In addition to this charge, i was also charged

with an historical offence, namely attacking a British soldier in 2005

– again on the word of a single PSNI officer, over seven years after

the alleged event.

As a result of the actions of these PSNI officers, my home was wrecked

during the raids that accompanied my arrest – distressing my partner

and two young children. Many personal items were also seized, some

with sentimental value, that have still not been returned to me. The

main result was that i was on remand for three months in Maghaberry

Gaol, taken from my family. During these three months i applied for

bail on a number of occasions and this was refused by numerous judges,

based on the PSNI’s opposition and their supposed “fear of

re-offending”. At the same time others were granted bail, including a

number of loyalists who were released with no attached bail

conditions. This was especially galling for my family and friends who

had to sit through the bail applications of loyalists with far

stronger evidence against them and see bail granted, then watch as my

own application was refused. I was eventually granted bail in October

2012 after serving three months, all of which i served on full protest

with other Republicans in Roe House.

The 2005 charges were dropped a number of weeks ago, based on lack of

evidence. This justified my position that these charges were simply

introduced as a “back up” – to ensure that coupled with 2012 charges i

would be remanded and taken off the streets by the PSNI. Today all

charges in relation to 12th July were dismissed at Belfast Magistrates

Court, further vindicating my belief that these were politically

motivated charges with a number of sinister objectives on behalf of

the PSNI. Firstly, as a Republican Activist from Ardoyne that works

hard on a number of campaigns, it was in the interests of a State

Militia to remove me from the streets. Doing so, and using the word of

one officer as reasonable evidence to do so, demonstrates internment

by remand is a strategic policy used by the PSNI and PPS in 2013

Ireland. Secondly, the GARC mobilisation of 2,500 Ardoyne Residents on

12th July 2012 was seen by the PSNI, and by association the State, as

a demonstration by the Ardoyne community that enough was enough when

it came to Sectarian Marches through our area. Imprisoning me was to

be interpreted as a warning to all those in attendance that if they

oppose Loyal Order parades then they too will face accusations and

charges. This further demonstrates the one sided nature of Policing

with regard to this issue, however the overwhelming support that I and

my family have received since this ordeal began has shown that, far

from scaring the Ardoyne community, it has made it more determined to

oppose these parades and the attempted criminalistaion of residents

that accompanies them.

Today the PSNI have been shown for what they are, a corrupt force that

is there to protect the state by whatever means necessary – even if it

means falsely charging and imprisoning innocent people, simply for

their political beliefs. They are no different to their forerunners in

the RUC in this regard and as such should continue to be rejected by

Republicans and all those who state they are concerned with the

protection of fundamental human rights. Those who continue to be

apologists and welcome the PSNI into communities such as Ardoyne need

to be challenged, but at the same time these people need to look deep

inside themselves and ask are they comfortable supporting and

promoting a force that has as a policy of selective internment by

remand – taking fathers and mothers from their children for prolonged

periods of time.It is simply not good enough to say political policing

should not affect people only if they still support certain political

parties. If they look hard deep enough and be honest with themselves

and others, then they will cease lending credence to a police force

that is as discredited as the one which they used to oppose. Please Share….

Author: seachranaidhe1

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