Press release/Preas Ráiteas
The area was flooded with heavily-armed members of the RUC/PSNI, accompanied by plain-clothes Special Branch/MI5 from 5.45am. Raids were carried out in several nationalist homes and five arrests were made. Items of furniture were damaged in some homes and in one home in an outbuilding under construction the concrete foundation was dug up.
Computers and phones were taken and in one house a member of the RUC went through the computer a child was using for his exams. Documents were also taken.
During the raid in Drumbeg the seven-year-old son of one of the households went to his mother’s car to get his coat. A heavily-armed member of the RUC/PSNI with his gun in his hand ran over to the car and was about to search the child when the mother ran out of the house and prevented him from carrying out the search.
Later in the day two members of Republican Sinn Féin were prevented from visiting a POW in Maghaberry when the sniffer-dog sat down beside the woman. The usual pull of the chain by the prison warders ensured the dog sat down beside the woman.
A spokesperson for Republican Sinn Féin said that is was quite obvious that the arrests and the confiscation of mobile phones and computers was politically motivated in an attempt to disrupt the organisation of the Easter Commemoration in Lurgan. Republican Sinn Féin condemns these arrests and promises that it will not deter preparations for the Easter Commemoration on Holy Saturday in Lurgan.