SF supporters block traffic in protest at IMC report

11/02/2005 - 08:23:24

Sinn Féin supporters caused traffic disruption in Belfast and Derry last night after mounting a series of blockades in protest against the Independent Monitoring Commission.

In a report published yesterday, the body set up to oversee paramilitary ceasefires concluded that the Provisional IRA was behind the recent Belfast bank heist and other robberies over the past year.

It also concluded that the robberies were sanctioned by the IRA army council, which it added includes senior members of Sinn Féin.

Sinn Féin, which is vehemently opposed to the IMC, mounted a series of blockades throughout Belfast and Derry last night to protest at the report, which they believe is part of a concerted Irish-British effort to vilify republicans.

The protests only lasted around half an hour and followed Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams’ statement that gardaí should arrest him if they believe he had sanctioned IRA robberies.

Mr Adams is expected to give a more considered response to the IMC report later today.

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