The statement by Sinn Fein councillor Terry Hearty that "it is the responsibility of the police to give the community in Crossmaglen the policing service that it is entitled to and uphold the rights of citizens" is an extremely misleading comment on his part as the above will not and indeed cannot be delivered by a British police force in Ireland.
This assertion shows one of two things on his part. He is either unaware of the nature of the RUC/PSNI and the role that they play or else he is deliberately attempting to mislead the people of South Armagh, something which is clearly illustrated by a closer examination of his comments.
He claims that the RUC can uphold the rights of the citizens of Crossmaglen, but what about their right to national sovereignty free from British interference? From what he has said it must be concluded that he believes that the RUC can uphold this right and if this is not the case then he must be of the opinion that the Irish people do not have such a right. His own words leave open no other option and he should make clear immediately which of the above he does in fact uphold.
In relation to a policing service which the people deserve, we in the 32 County Sovereignty Movement are of the opinion that the people of South Armagh are entitled to an all Ireland police service as part of a free and independent Ireland. We also think that the people of South Armagh have struggled too hard and suffered too much at the hands of the crown forces to be told that one section of those crown forces, the RUC/PSNI is what we deserve for our efforts and it is shameful that anyone could make such a claim.
32 County Sovereignty Movement