Vigilante Justice, Belfast-style, for drug dealer
STREET vigilantes tarred and feathered an alleged drug dealer
because police refused to take action against him, it was
The victim, in his thirties, was subjected to the humiliating punishment
in a loyalist stronghold in south Belfast.
But despite the heavy influence of Ulster Defence Association men within
the Taughmonagh estate, the paramilitary organisation's advisers insisted
they were not involved.
Frankie Gallagher, of the Ulster Political Research Group (UPRG), claimed:
"The UDA told the local community to go to the police about this.
"The community responded in the way it did because it had no confidence
in the police."
Mr Gallagher claimed that frustration over inaction by the authorities had been
building for weeks. Police were given information but failed to intervene, he said.
The degrading punishment, reminiscent of IRA-style retribution on those
accused of crimes against their communities, provoked a horrified reaction.
The victim was tied to a lamppost, then masked men poured tar over him and
covered him in feathers as women and children looked on.
Rumors have it that next they will tie some cops to lamp posts, "tar" them
with molasses and decorate them with donuts, if they don't get some action
beyond blaming things on political organizations.
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