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PSNI/RUC blasts out ‘That’s the sound of da police’ to young people in North Belfast

The single Sound of da Police was released by rapper KRS-One in 1993
THE PSNI/RUC has been accused of antagonising young people in north Belfast after blasting out “That’s the sound of da police” from a Land Roverbut a senior officer insisted it was all in “good humour”.

A video appears to show the rap song being played through the vehicle’s public address system in the New Lodge area on Thursday evening.

Solicitor Michael Brentnall said he has referred the matter to the Police Ombudsman.

The incident took place days after local youths agreed to not to hold an anti-internment anniversary bonfire in the area.

In previous years the pyre, which is opposed by many residents, was blamed for anti-social behaviour and brought young people into conflict with police.

RNU peaceful protester is dragged away by the British PSNI/RUC yards from where US President Obama is speaking.
Footage of the Land Rover blasting out the chorus of the KRS-One track Sound of da Police has been shared widely.

The song, which includes the lyrics “Woop woop! That’s the sound of da police”, deals with themes of police brutality and attitudes to black people.

Police in Essex have previously accepted it was “inappropriate” to use a patrol car’s loudspeaker system to play it while driving through Chelmsford.

Another video in circulation also appears to show police using a Land Rover PA system before items are thrown at it.

“Last week the community united to prevent a repeat of last year’s disorder,” he said.

“Ever since the PSNI have been trying to provoke chaos by targeting children and antagonising residents.”

The community worker said he is concerned that children may react and ultimately end up in the criminal justice system.

“This behaviour threatens the welfare of community and the community does not seem to have anybody prepared to stand up and call it out.”

However, Chief Inspector Kelly Moore said the song was played by police “in good humour” and claimed young people cheered it.

“In relation to the first four-second video clip, local police officers on duty in north Belfast on Thursday evening had a very positive engagement with a group of young people,” she said.

“Having spent some time speaking with the young people, as police left the area, the song was played for a matter of seconds in good humour, with the young people waving, dancing and cheering.

“Any attempt by others to claim this was an attempt to antagonise does both the young people and the community a disservice.”

She added: “While we are making enquiries regarding the other five-second section of video footage, on occasion, when people look like they are about to throw items at police vehicles, officers do engage with them in a bid to defuse the situation.”

With many thanks to: The Irish  and Connla Young for the original story 

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The racist murder of Stephen Lawrence – let the truth be told

Never trust a loyalist!!! – Jamie Bryson – Anti-Catholic – Sectarian – Sectarianism

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Massacre at Amritsar one of British Empire’s many despicable events

This letter appeared in The Irish News today Wednesday July 15th 2020

IT WAS interesting to read in the excellent ‘On this day’ (July 9) that Edward Carson had defended the actions of Brigadier General Dyer in the House of Commons in relation to the massacre at Amritsar in India. 

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On April 13th 1919, thousands of civilians gathered peacefully in a walled garden in the city. In their eyes of both the governor of Punjab, Sir Michael O’Dwyer (from Tipperary) and General Dyer, his top military man in the city, such gatherings were proof that a second Indian mutiny was brewing. Blocking the main exit to the garden, Dyer marched in his men and ordered them to open fire, without giving any order to disperse.

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On April 13th 1919, thousands of civilians gathered peacefully in a walled garden in the city. In the eyes of both the governor of Punjab, Sir Michael Dyer, his top military man in the city, such gatherings were proof that a second Indian mutiny was brewing. Blocking the main exit to the garden, Dyer marched in his men and ordered them to open fire, without giving any order to disperse. In the 10 minutes that followed, hundreds fell dead and many more were wounded. According to legend, Udham Singh was among those injured and he vowed to take revenge.

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For 21 years he waited patiently. General Dyer had died in the meantime of natural causes but on March 13th 1940 Mr Singh exacted his revenge by assassinating O’Dwyer, at a public meeting in Caxton Hall, London. July 31st will be the 80th anniversary of the execution of Singh, who was hanged in Pentionville Prison and was believed to have been buried in the same grave as Sir Roger Casement. His story is told in the excellent book The Patient Assassin by Anita Anand. In the light of the Black Lives Matter movement there has been a lot of talk recently about the true history of the British Empire. The massacre at Amritsar was one of its many despicable events. In view of what happened in the formation and governance of the empire, I do wonder how people who consider themselves to be humanitarians can accept honours in its name. 

With many thanks to: Danny Boyd, Newtownabby, Co Antrim the North of Ireland, for the original letter which was posted in: The Irish News today

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Persuading parties that Black Lives Matter


LISBURN town council has voted that it “stands with Black Lives Matter”, but only after a UUP (Ulster Unionist Party) amended removed mention of the Black Lives Matter movement.

Racism and Sectarianism one of the fundamental problems in the North of Ireland. Protestants/Unionists have always regarded the Catholic community as second class citizens

This is a triumph of the peace politics  – higher standards will require a fundamental rethink. Among DUP objections to the original motion, proposed by the Alliance Party, were that Black Lives Matter is “anti-family” and “far left”. Abortion was also mentioned. Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon Council had a debate along similar lines. A half-forgotten but suddenly pertinent detail of recent history is that ‘identity politics’, for want of a better term, was imported into the North of Ireland from the early 1980s by unionist thinkers, for want of a better term. Their intention was to modernise our politics along American lines, with themselves as the religious right, or at least the conservative right. The notion continues tripping unionists up to this day, including those barely aware they subscribe to it.

With many thanks to: The Irish News and Newton Emerson for his opinion on ‘Black Lives Matter’ for the original posting.

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Pastor Barrie Halliday charged after Black Lives Matter comments


Pastor Barrie Halliday

The pastor, from Bessbrook in Co Armagh, is due to appear at Newry Magistrates Court on July 8th.

Police confirmed a 52-year-old man was arrested on Thursday evening.

The video first appeared on Pastor Halliday’s Facebook page on Tuesday.

In the video, which was recorded in a Church Hall, Pastor Halliday said those involved in the protests should be “sent home in a boat”.

He was highly criticised following the post, which attracted over 30,000 views before being taken down.

In the video Pastor Halliday vehemently denied he was a racist, but said those attacking statues of political leaders are “on the road to nothing”.

“It may have been boats that brought you here three or four hundred years ago and you were brought under duress and against your will, but there’s boats sitting there empty at the minute doing nothing,” he said.

“You are welcome to get back on them and go back home if you think we’re so bad.”

Pastor Halliday posted another video on his Facebook page on Friday afternoon confirming his arrest.

He said that he had made it clear he has “no interest or tolerance for racism whatsoever”.

“I simply wanted everyone to settle down and hysteria to stop,” he said.

Pastor Halliday said he would appear in court on July 8 but that he believed “100% that I didn’t ignorantly or intentionally say anything that was out of place”.

“I made the statement, I put up the post, I will have to see where it goes from there,” he said.

“Court it’ll be and we’ll just have to see what happens after that.”

A PSNI spokesperson said that a 52-year-old man had been charged with improper use of a public electronic communications network.

“He is due to appear at Newry Magistrates’ Court on July 8th,” the spokesperson said.

“As is usual procedure all charges will be reviewed by the Public Prosecution Service.”

With many thanks to the: Belfast Telegraph and Gareth cross for the original story 

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