The Workers’ Party has condemned the latest attempt by so-called dissident republicans to return us to the days of murder and mayhem on the streets of Belfast. A viable anti-personnel device, which could have inflicted multiple deaths was left outside shops on the Antrim Road. The PSNI is investigating a possible link to a call-out they received to the area in the north of the city and the device, which was placed beside a video store close to a police station.
Speaking to Party activists, Workers’ Party General Secretary, John Lowry, said, “This action represents a deliberate attempt by dissidents to return us to the worst days of our recent history when instead we should be looking forward to better things. Before it was discovered, hundreds of people must have walked past this device and luckily no-one was hurt but we can only imagine what gross carnage might have resulted if the device had gone off. Instead of living with sectarian terror, workers in Northern Ireland need to come together to fight off the economic cuts that have been put in place in Stormont".
"For a generation during the Troubles the economic issues which faced workers were put on the back burner. Now more and more people are beginning to see that the parties to the Stormont Coalition have nothing of substance to offer them. A sustained return to terror would kill our people and would only cause workers to retreat to the false comfort of tribal identities. We must stand up against it.”
Issued: Friday 28th Januaery 2011