The Greater Ardoyne Residents Collective (GARC) in its capacity as the largest residents’ organisation in the Greater Ardoyne area requests a meeting with your organisation. We are holding a series of meetings with Youth Clubs, Community Associations, Youth Providers and Community Groups for the purpose of clarifying their position and relationship directly or indirectly with the PSNI/MI5 or their affiliates.
The continued mistreatment and abuse of Ardoyne residents, its youth & children by the PSNI and MI5 is well documented. The use by the PSNI on a daily basis of draconian stop & search, house raids, threats and harassment of the nationalist/republican community is an abuse of power which amounts to a campaign of intimidation, hatred and psychological torture against the population of Ardoyne. Members of our community suffer serious physical assaults, are verbally abused, or have their homes raided and wrecked, their children traumatised, personal property confiscated or destroyed, in an attempt to terrorise residents into the acceptance of British rule through the submission of their Irish identity and desire for a united Ireland.
The unethical and immoral methods used by the PSNI/MI5 to recruit informers and agents range from blackmail, bribery, bullying and threats. They usually target vulnerable young people who are naive and susceptible to pressure and lies. The Greater Ardoyne area is under nightly saturation and transformed into a highly Militarised zone, with surveillance from heavily armed crown force personnel, armoured vehicles and aircraft, residents are harassed or inconvenienced at every chance, their daily lives disrupted, all just to facilitate the illegal sectarian encampment in Twaddell Avenue.
This type of unjust, improper and despicable behaviour by the British Crown forces is presently, as it was in the past, accepted and excused by some sections and organisations within the nationalist community for their own self interest or financial gain. When Community Associations, Youth Clubs, Youth Providers or Community Groups proactively cooperate, promote or facilitate the security forces it is usually to the detriment of the community and its residents.
The PSNI/MI5 exploit every opportunity to falsely portray themselves in a positive light, this they usually do by the direct or indirect funding of programmes or events. This has been proven by revelations of the PSNI/MI5 recruitment of children as informants and their infiltration of community based organisations for the purpose of intelligence gathering.
Those groups who naively think that they will retain their independence will be sadly mistaken, their credibility will be destroyed and their name forever tarnished. The large number of complaints received by GARC from concerned Ardoyne residents about the behaviour of the PSNI/MI5 makes any further association with these discredited, bias, corrupt and sectarian bodies unacceptable to our community.
The Greater Ardoyne Residence Collective will be inviting for bilateral dialogue Ardoyne Youth Club, Ardoyne Youth Providers Forum, Ardoyne Association, Marrowbone Community Association and Ardoyne Fleádh Cheoil, to ascertain their position on this matter. These meetings will be fully transparent, with the invitation to each organisation and their reply being published on Social Media. In the interest of openness and accountability the content and outcome of the meetings will also be published. This will give each organisation the opportunity to clarify their position for the community and prevent any future misunderstanding, misinterpretation or speculation about their support and stance in relation to the PSNI and MI5. This series of meetings will conclude with a number of publications and public meetings.
The failure of an organisation to positively and promptly respond to our request for a meeting to clarify their position shall leave the community and ourselves with no alternative but to conclude that the organisation is an active supporter and promoter of the PSNI/MI5 and their actions in the Greater Ardoyne area.
We look forward to a speedy response pertaining to our request.
Greater Ardoyne Residents Collective Working Committee.