dimanche 26 novembre 2006

The mad man against peace and reconciliation

Mad, bad, and dangerous to know: Loyalist Micheal Stone.

Quand d'autres ont déjà écrit ce qu'il convient de dire, il convient de le relayer. Une excellente page sur la situation en Irlande du Nord, à l'heure où la paix et la réconciliation font la une des journaux mais ne sont pas à l'ordre du jour, sur le blog d'une expatriée à Derry (Londonderry pour les britanniques): La vie, l'Irlande et tout le reste...

It sounds like a cliché but peace and reconciliation are in jeopardy in Northern Ireland. Again. A man with a history of violence and hatred for the peace process tried to seriously damage the reunion of the assembly, and, with it, the relaunch of the peace process itself through political administration by local elected members, instead of a special section of the British government in London. Some links and infos.

Stone attack overshadows day of confusion at Stormont
Gerry Moriarty, Dan Keenan Mark Hennessy
The North's political process staggered forward yesterday after an extraordinary day at Stormont in which loyalist killer Michael Stone attempted to launch a gun and bomb attack at Parliament Buildings as politicians were gathered in the Assembly chamber.
Against the turmoil of Stone's attack and signs of internal divisions within the Democratic Unionist Party, the Taoiseach and British prime minister judged that DUP leader Rev Ian Paisley had provided the necessary assurances that he is prepared to be first minister on March 26th next year, the scheduled date for restoring devolution.
Armed with between six and eight explosive devices, a handgun and a knife, Stone attempted to launch a one-man attack at Parliament Buildings reminiscent of his assault on mourners at Milltown Cemetery in 1988 which left three men dead and dozens injured.
A female security guard wrested the gun from him at the revolving doors of Parliament Buildings while a male colleague pinned the right arm of the multiple killer against the doors. After a struggle Stone was finally subdued, arrested and taken into custody.
On licensed release since 2000 under the Belfast Agreement, he is now due to be sent back to prison to serve the rest of a 30-year sentence, as well as facing charges relating to yesterday's attack. Whether his chief targets were Sinn Féin's Gerry Adams and Martin McGuinness, as they were in 1988, or the MLAs generally, remains unclear.
The Irish Times 25/11/2006

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The Good Friday Agreement - Northern Ireland Office
CAIN - Northern Ireland Conflict, Politics and Society : The Agreement
English attitude towards Ulster on Politics.ie
A state Apart on BBC Northern Ireland

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