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Friday 26 December 2014

Adams mural photographer assaulted

PACEMAKER BELFAST   04/05/2014
Sinn Fein Leader Gerry Adams and Deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald speaks at a press conference at the Balmoral Hotel in West Belfast this evening. Adams was released this evening after 4 days of questioning by the PSNI in relation to the murder of Jean McConville in 1972.  Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 04/05/2014 Sinn Fein Leader Gerry Adams and Deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald speaks at a press conference at the Balmoral Hotel in West Belfast this evening. Adams was released this evening after 4 days of questioning by the PSNI in relation to the murder of Jean McConville in 1972. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
4/5/2014. Adams Release. Dramatic scenes outside Antrim Police Station as the PSNI try to escort Sinn Fein President out of the station after they had questioned him for four day. Loyalist protesters blocked the police escort while the riot squad took up positions. Eventuall Mr. Adams was escorted to his Belfast press conference out the back door of the station. Photo Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland
PACEMAKER BELFAST 04/05/2014 Sinn Fein Leader Gerry Adams speaks at a press conference at the Balmoral Hotel in West Belfast this evening. Adams was released this evening after 4 days of questioning by the PSNI in relation to the murder of Jean McConville in 1972. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
4/5/2014. Adams Release. Dramatic scenes outside Antrim Police Station as the PSNI try to escort Sinn Fein President out of the station after they had questioned him for four day. Loyalist protesters blocked the police escort while the riot squad took up positions. Eventually Mr. Adams was escorted to his Belfast press conference out the back door of the station. Photo Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland
4/5/2014. Adams Release. Dramatic scenes outside Antrim Police Station as the PSNI try to escort Sinn Fein President out of the station after they had questioned him for four day. Loyalist protesters blocked the police escort while the riot squad took up positions. Eventually Mr. Adams was escorted to his Belfast press conference out the back door of the station. Photo Eamonn Farrell/Photocall Ireland
4/5/2014 PACEMAKER PRESS INTL. Gerry Adams speaking to the media on being released this evening from Antrim police station this afternoon after being questioned in relation to the murder of Jean McConville. Picture Charles McQuillan/Pacemaker
4/5/2014. Adams Release. Dramatic scenes outside Antrim Police Station as the PSNI try to escort Sinn Fein President out of the station after they had questioned him for four day. Loyalist protesters blocked the police escort while the riot squad took up positions. Eventually Mr. Adams was escorted to his Belfast press conference out the back door of the station. Photo Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland
Pacemaker Press Belfast 04-05-2014: Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams has been released from custody over a 1972 murder and a file will be sent to the Public Prosecution Service. Mr Adams had been questioned at Antrim PSNI Station since Wednesday, after he was arrested in connection with the IRA murder of mother of 10 Jean McConville. Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams pictured at a press conference in a belfast hotel after being released from custody in Antrim PSNI station. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
4/5/2014. Adams Release. Dramatic scenes outside Antrim Police Station as the PSNI try to escort Sinn Fein President out of the station after they had questioned him for four day. Loyalist protesters blocked the police escort while the riot squad took up positions. Eventually Mr. Adams was escorted to his Belfast press conference out the back door of the station. Photo Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland
4/5/2014. Adams Release. Dramatic scenes outside Antrim Police Station as the PSNI try to escort Sinn Fein President out of the station after they had questioned him for four day. Loyalist protesters blocked the police escort while the riot squad took up positions. Eventually Mr. Adams was escorted to his Belfast press conference out the back door of the station. Photo Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland
Pacemaker Press Belfast 04-05-2014: Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams has been released from custody over a 1972 murder and a file will be sent to the Public Prosecution Service. Mr Adams had been questioned at Antrim PSNI Station since Wednesday, after he was arrested in connection with the IRA murder of mother of 10 Jean McConville. Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams pictured at a press conference in a belfast hotel after being released from custody in Antrim PSNI station. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Loyalists gather outside Antrim PSNI Station after it was announced that Sinn Fein Leader Gerry Adams was to be released without charge following questioning over the Jean McConville murder on May 4, 2014 in Antrim, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
Pacemaker Press Belfast 04-05-2014: Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams has been released from custody over a 1972 murder and a file will be sent to the Public Prosecution Service. Mr Adams had been questioned at Antrim PSNI Station since Wednesday, after he was arrested in connection with the IRA murder of mother of 10 Jean McConville. Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams pictured at a press conference in a belfast hotel after being released from custody in Antrim PSNI station. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th May 2014 - Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams pictured at a press conference in the Balmoral Hotel in west belfast this evening after being released from custody. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th May 2014 - Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams pictured at a press conference in the Balmoral Hotel in west belfast this evening after being released from custody. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
4/5/2014 PACEMAKER PRESS INTL. Gerry Adams gets a handshake and a thumbs up from a supporter after speaking to the media on being released this evening from Antrim police station this afternoon after being questioned in relation to the murder of Jean McConville. Picture Charles McQuillan/Pacemaker
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th May 2014 - Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams pictured at a press conference in the Balmoral Hotel in west belfast this evening after being released from custody. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th May 2014 - Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams pictured at a press conference in the Balmoral Hotel in west belfast this evening after being released from custody. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th May 2014 - Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams pictured at a press conference in the Balmoral Hotel in west belfast this evening after being released from custody. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th May 2014 - Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams pictured at a press conference in the Balmoral Hotel in west belfast this evening after being released from custody. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th May 2014 - Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams pictured at a press conference in the Balmoral Hotel in west belfast this evening after being released from custody. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th May 2014 - Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams pictured at a press conference in the Balmoral Hotel in west belfast this evening after being released from custody. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams has been released without charge following four days in custody at the Police Service of Northern Ireland's Antrim HQ
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th May 2014 - Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams pictured at a press conference in the Balmoral Hotel in west belfast this evening after being released from custody. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Michael McConville called for an independent investigation into his mother's death
Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness MLA addresses the ongoing detention of Sinn Féin party president, Gerry Adams TD during a press conference at the Sinn Féin offices on the Falls Road, Belfast.
Helen McKendry holding a picture of her mother
Martin McGuinness speaks to the media at Sinn Fein offices in west Belfast yesterday
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 03: Sinn Fein's Martin McGuinness and Martina Anderson address a crowd gathered on the Falls Road in support of Gerry Adams on May 3, 2014 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The Sinn Fein leader has spent a third night in police custody in connection with the 1972 murder of mother-of-10 Jean McConville. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

An elderly man believed to be taking photographs of a mural hailing Gerry Adams as a peacemaker has been assaulted.

The artwork in the staunchly republican Falls Road area of West Belfast depicted the Sinn Fein president beside the words "peacemaker, leader, visionary" and was a response to his arrest.

The photographer suffered cuts and bruises during Sunday's attack, a Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) spokesman said.

He added: "Shortly after 6.30pm it was reported that a 74-year-old man was taking photographs of murals close to the junction of Albert Street when he was approached by three unknown males. The males assaulted the man and stole his Canon camera."

Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness launched the new mural at the weekend, which sits alongside one commemorating 1981 Maze prison IRA hunger striker Bobby Sands. He blamed Mr Adams' arrest on an "embittered rump" left over from before the reform of policing whom he claimed wanted to destroy the peace process.

Hundreds of political paintings were created around Northern Ireland in republican and loyalist areas during the 30-year conflict.

The most famous include a depiction of 1981 hunger striker Bobby Sands off the Falls Road and Free Derry Corner in Londonderry - or Derry as it is known by nationalists - which commemorates the Catholic civil rights movement at the start of the conflict in 1969.

In loyalist areas murals have been daubed with King Billy on a white horse commemorating the Battle of the Boyne, which was fought in Ireland between William of Orange and James II in July 1690. It was a decisive victory by King William and has been celebrated by Protestants for many years.

In both communities images of gunmen have gradually been replaced by more innocuous portrayals like Manchester United's east Belfast forward George Best.

But in some areas where support for anti-peace process dissident republicans is present slogans commemorating the organisations have been painted in recent years.

Further reading

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Gerry Adams fallout: Crisis is over for now, so let's try to rebuild peace

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