Ard Chomhairle member of SFP charged and imprisoned.

ON September 3, Gavin MacKenna, a member of the Ard Chomhairle of Sinn Féin Poblachtach, was arrested by heavily-armed members of the RUC/PSNI on the Lough Road, Lurgan, Co Armagh as he made his way to work.

His family home was also subjected to a heavy-handed raid by the Crown Forces.

On September 4 Gavin was charged with coordinating a petrol bomb attack on police aiding and abetting the throwing of a petrol bomb with intent to destroy property and personal injury. He was refused bail and was remanded to Maghaberry jail along with three others. There has been a notable increase in the harassment and intimidation of Irish Republicans across the Occupied Six Counties.

There has also been an increase in the number of stop and searches carried out. This is nothing new for Irish Republicans and will not deter the good work they carry out within their communities.

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