Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 29 July 2014

‘Dissidents’ in Facebook threat to shoot youths

A social networking page claiming to belong to dissident terrorist group Oglaigh na hEireann has been ‘naming and shaming’ youths it says are involved in crime.

The Facebook page has posted photographs and names of north Belfast youths, calling them “scum” and threatening to shoot them.

It makes a number of allegations about young men in the Ardoyne area, branding them thieves and burglars.

And the web page has already gathered a number of followers – with 148 people listed as ‘friends’.

The latest post under the status of the person claiming to be Oglaigh na hEireann names three young men, calling them “houserobbers”, and adding: “You'se all need took out and shot SCUM.”

The post, made earlier this week, has garnered almost 30 responses. Among them one of the men listed in the accusation.

He hit back at the people behind the page, saying: “If ya need da shot me come on i have been told to many time's.”

In a later comment he wrote: “They call them self the ra there is no such thing it was time to change many years ago and thing’s are going smooth atm.”

Other posts made by the person behind the page include a photograph of a man with the label “bike thief”, and a photograph of another man labelled as “scum, scum scum”. One of the photographs is of a 21-year-old man, who fled Ardoyne before Christmas after a gang claiming to be Oglaigh na hEireann burst into his home and held two guns to his mother’s head.

He managed to escape out an upstairs window. His mother slammed the Facebook page as “sick”.

She said: “We don’t know whether this is the real ONH or not, but we want it to be stopped and shut down. You can’t go about putting pictures of people on Facebook and saying things about them. They are accusing my son of things he couldn’t even have done because he isn’t even in the area.”

Although it is not clear if the page is actually moderated by the dissident republican organisation or someone claiming to represent them, a number of those named on the site have come under threat in the past.

A spokesperson for the PSNI said: “We will take appropriate action when we receive complaints of criminal offences that occur within our jurisdiction.”

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