'Paramilitary threat to Belfast schools'

Published Saturday, 07 September 2013
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Police are investigating a threat allegedly made by loyalist paramilitaries towards a number of schools in north Belfast.

'Paramilitary threat to Belfast schools'
It has been claimed the threat was made to a number of Belfast schools. (© Getty)

It has been claimed it was issued by the Red Hand Defenders on Friday.

The PSNI said they are aware of the threat and are looking into it. They urged local community leaders to play "an active role in diffusing tension".

A statement continued: "Police are aware of a threat that has been made in relation to a number of schools in north Belfast.

"The threat was made through a third party on Friday 6 September 2013. Investigations into the threat are ongoing. At this stage there is no evidence to corroborate the threat.

"Police are committed to protecting all communities in North Belfast and we would encourage all community leaders and those in positions of influence to play an active role in diffusing tension and maintaining calm."

Gerry Kelly of Sinn Féin has condemned the threat.

"This is a disgraceful and sinister statement to come from any organisation or individual against school children, their parents and teachers," the North Belfast MLA said.

"Those responsible have threatened violent action against children.

"We must now see unionist and loyalist leaders coming out and condemning these threats in the strongest possible terms, call on the Red Hand Defenders to withdraw this threat and actively support the rights of any child to attend any school of their choice where ever it may be situated and receive their education with without fear or intimidation."

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103 Comments
Anon in NB wrote (387 days ago):
Extreme Loyalists acting as if they are above attacking children and blaming the threats on Republicans? Come on like are you that wrapped up in your bitterness and hatred that you cant see whats happening? If it wasn't RHD they would have denied it, which they haven't.. You're the same people who will justify these attacks if they do take place, and say they shouldn't go to school there!!
s magowan in belfast wrote (387 days ago):
like a well known political correspondent remarked on radio this morning that anyone with a handful of coins and codewords could have made these calls.Let the PSNI get concrete evidence and then we can point the finger
Sam1690 in Ballysillan wrote (388 days ago):
Security Sources said these threats are "unsubstantiated", Republicans should remember this before posting. This 'threat' comes as peaceful, lawful protesters have had substantiated threats issued to specifically named individuals and addresses, and innocent Protestant workers at Caterpillar in Springfield (shared space) Road are given death threats via graffiti. The name "Red Hand Defenders" was used by Jonny Adair's C Coy alongside the LVF on 'joint ops', this is a matter of record. This only strengthens the assumption that those making the threats are not from a unionist background and have no understanding of what's going on within Loyalism.
Einstein in Belfast wrote (388 days ago):
realistic in planet earth wrote (1 day ago): Yet another reason for ALL schools in NI to be integrated So...it's the children's fault that they are Catholic & go to Catholic Schools,...is that it?? The people who made these threaths are no better than the people who targeted Malala Yousafzai in Afghanistan
michael mc cormick in l/derry wrote (388 days ago):
The fact no Unionist politician has condemned these threats speaks volumes.
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