IOL: NI murder victims' relatives protest collusion

NI murder victims' relatives protest collusion
04/02/2004 - 06:09:37

Relatives of people murdered in the North amid claims of security force collusion were picketing military intelligence headquarters in London today.

Up to 100 campaigners who believe British agencies plotted with loyalist terrorists to kill in Ulster also plan to protest at Conservative Party offices as well as MI5.

Victims’ representatives organised the demonstration to coincide with the start of new political talks in Belfast to break the deadlocked peace process.

Group spokesman Mark Sykes said: “The families are determined that the truth surrounding the murder of our loved ones will not continue to be suppressed by the culture of concealment which operates at the heart of the British Government.”

Organisers travelled to London after staging a picket at Stormont, where all sides have gathered to begin a major review of the 1998 Good Friday Agreement.

Mr Sykes, who was wounded in a 1992 Ulster Freedom Fighters gun attack on a south Belfast betting shop which left five Catholics dead, warned the authorities that relatives were determined to keep fighting.

“It is important that the British government realise that the victims of collusion will not rest until the truth comes out,” he said.

“The issue of collusion and the legacy it has left needs to be on the agenda of the British government and those parties in the review.”

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