Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 16 April 2014

Republicans protest at prison conditions

Around 250 republicans gathered with tricolours and placards amid a heavy police presence outside Maghaberry Prison yesterday to protest against conditions inside the facility.

High profile ex-prisoners — including Old Bailey bomber Marian Price — stood alongside relatives of men currently in the jail’s republican wing. They said they were there to highlight “unacceptable conditions”, including alleged 21-hour lockdowns and unnecessary strip searches.

A number of ex-prisoners and activists spoke to the crowd standing behind a placard calling for the restoration of political status.

The atmosphere inside the prison is understood to be tense, following last week’s Easter Sunday sit-in when a number of republicans barricaded themselves in a room for more than 24 hours. The Prison Service has strongly refuted the prisoners’ claims.

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