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28/02/05
Corry Square remembered 20 years on

This morning at 11am victims and relatives of those murdered by the IRA gathered at the park in Newry that now stands where the former Corry Square RUC station stood until recently. On the 28th February 1985 nine officers were murdered by the IRA in that station in a mortar attack which proved to be the single biggest loss of life among the police through the period commonly referred to as the troubles.

A large group gathered to hear local ministers and Jeffrey Donaldson MP speak in memory of those so brutally killed by terrorists, and the desire to see true peace, not a peace brokered on the principle of compromise with criminals and killers. Wreaths were laid by various relatives and survivors and nine roses were laid to specifically commemorate the lives of each officer killed.

William Frazer had just returned from Colombia to attend the service of remembrance, a trip in which he met and recorded testimonies from victims of an atrocity in which FARC took over a church and used the congregation for mortar practice - a technology acquired from the IRA and involving the criminal so-called Colombia 3. It is an ironic co-incidence that we should meet victims on the other side of the world who have suffered from IRA mortars of FARC and then come home to remember those slaughtered a similar way in our own country.

 



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