This is a statement on the arrest of Gerry Adams by a number of Left Unity’s national officers
We condemn political policing in northern Ireland
Gerry Adams was arrested on Wednesday evening in connection with the case of Jean McConville. Gerry Adams had made clear his willingness to meet the PSNI to speak about the case and has consistently rejected suggestions that he had any part in what happened to Jean McConville.
Gerry Adams has been one of the key figures in driving forward the peace process and positively transforming the situation in Ireland. He has played a vital leadership role in resolving the conflict in the north. He has also led Sinn Fein as a party which is opposing austerity and inequality across Ireland and which is seeing rising political support in the polls.
We share strong concerns and questions about the motivation behind the timing of recent events. His arrest serves the interests of those who oppose both the peace process and Sinn Fein’s political advance.
We extend our support and sympathy to the family of Jean McConville and to all those victims and families who have lost loved ones and suffered during the course of the conflict. They have every right to seek truth and justice. However, the current investigations into past crimes are partial as clearly shown by Theresa Villiers’ refusal to review the cases of the Ballymurphy families.
The best way to resolve all of these issues is for an even-handed, comprehensive and independent process of dealing with the past, such as that recently outlined during the Haass talks – supported by Gerry Adams and Sinn Fein.
We extend our support to the continuing work for peace and unity and urge an end to politically motivated attacks by the British state which hinder this process. We urge the British government to stop reneging on its responsibilities in relation to the peace process. We call upon the British and Irish governments and all political parties to positively engage in advancing the peace process.
Andrew Burgin, Pete Green, Kate Hudson, Chris Hurley, Oliver New, Bianca Todd, Tom Walker.
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