Northern Ireland To See Return of Paramilitary Violence?

The image from the anonymous letter that was sent to the Belfast Telegraph on Thursday (24/01/2019)

The Belfast Telegraph
Dissidents issue threats to the security forces and drug gangs via letter sent to Belfast Telegraph

Dissident republicans have issued threats against the security forces, drug dealers and foreign criminal gangs in a letter received by the Belfast Telegraph.

The letter sent to this newspaper from a group describing itself as “the republican movement” featured a sinister picture of three men in paramilitary attire, two of them brandishing automatic weapons.

The group said a recent spike in drug deaths had left it with “no other option than to take military action” against drug dealers.

The letter also said foreign criminal gangs involved in drugs, prostitution and human trafficking would be “seriously dealt with”, mostly by “execution” or expulsion.

And it warned that “anyone who operates in the drug trade with loyalist paramilitaries will be dealt with”.

Coming days after a series of security alerts in Londonderry, including a car bomb detonated outside the courthouse, the statement said it would “actively target Crown forces”.

The PSNI said: “Police are aware of a letter of correspondence sent to a local media outlet.

“Officers will examine the content of the letter.

“We would urge anyone who may have any evidence of illegal activity to bring that information to the police.”

Separately, two men aged 65 and 48 and a 61-year-old woman were arrested in the Springfield Road area of west Belfast yesterday on suspicion of dissident republican activity

The suspects were taken to Musgrave Serious Crime Suite for questioning. Dissidents have been linked to a series of incidents in recent days, including a car bomb detonated in Derry and four bomb hoaxes. Five people were arrested in the wake of last Saturday’s explosion.

All were later released unconditionally.

The PSNI blamed the ‘New IRA’ for the blast.


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  1. And it was only a few days ago that Israel threatened to close its embassy in Ireland because of it finding too much support for Palestine , interesting isnt it ?

  2. Interesting to monitor this development. Not surprised since one of the Official IRA/Provisional IRA’s creeds was against victimization. “Out of the Ashes Arose The Provisionals” (which just so happened to be a Phoenix – lol). With so much afoot in the world geopolitical spectrum & optempo going on to see whether or not it’s legit or a 5th column MI5/6 rebirth. I know what my ‘gut’ says.

  3. Read “The Twilight Lords”. Originally subtitled “the Irish Holocaust “. But that had to be changed, for infringement purposes. The Jews own the word, deservedly or not. The book chronicles the Desmond wars, and Queen Elizabeth ‘s part in it. The time period is the late 1500’s. Great read, very informative.

  4. Actually, it is the Huns, but in this case, not the Huns the disgraced former barrister keeps referring to but rather, the Protestant Loyalist former paramilitaries who simply switched from terrorism to drug dealing. They are referred to as ‘Huns’ by many. See the case of Johnny ‘Red’ Adair for an example. Oh, and yes, the British intelligence services are deeply enmeshed with the Loyalists.

  5. The outfits those guys are wearing are symbolic, they are the same as worn by the IRA in the 1970s and 1980s, so by adopting the exact same dress, they are sending the message that they are a legitimate continuation of the true IRA tradition, despite being a splinter group. The Ulster situation is deeply imbued with symbolism on both sides and it often looks strange to outsiders, but it is replete with meaning to the people of the province. I wrote that Johnson is waiting in the wings nearly two years ago, and I am still certain this is the case, his recent re-emergence into the forefront of politics, complete with makeover – smarter suits, a less wild hairstyle etc. just reinforces this view. The term Londonderry isn’t nonsense, again, it is deeply symbolic, to the Loyalists, it is Londonderry, to the Republican Catholics, it is Derry, and the two sides will never agree due to 400 years of bitter history. Ulster politics is complex, often bafflingly so as it is intrinsically tied up with the history of the province and mired in all kinds of hatreds and prejudices that are slow to die.

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