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San Francisco Mayor London Breed

San Francisco Mayor London Breed

San Francisco Mayor London Breed

Dear Mayor London Breed,

Last weekend innocent victims and survivors of terrorism were thinking of and planning their attendance at the annual Stormont event to mark the European Day of Remembrance of Victims of Terrorism.

However, little did they know that a decision taken on the other side of the Atlantic would have the effect of casting a shadow over their focus on an important event recognised across Europe.

The decision taken by you, the Mayor of San Francisco, to convey a posthumous award upon Martin McGuinness for his "courageous service in the military" and the announcement and timing of that information being publicised by Sinn Fein representatives was on the day of the Stormont event when terrorism's victims, some 300 strong, were present to discuss the legacy of the Provisional IRA, its sister republican terrorist organisations and its equivalents within loyalism.

All week you have come under challenge from victims and survivors, news outlets, politicians and many others.

You then offered a form of apology.

But that apology amounts to very little when interrogated - the apology issued was for the wording contained on the award and not for issuing the award itself.

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We, who are a group of innocent victims and survivors of Provisional IRA terrorism and who come from diverse religious and political backgrounds, call upon you to:

  • Apologise unequivocally for making the posthumous award to a convicted terrorist who was responsible directly and indirectly for the murder of his fellow neighbours.
  • Rescind/withdraw the award.
  • Commit to meet with innocents of Provisional IRA terrorism.

You are not the first political or civic US leader to be taken in by the Provisional Movement and you most probably won't be the last.

However, this is no excuse for what you have presided over.

The decision to grant a posthumous award to someone who was a commander of death and destruction, whatever of his latter contribution to the peace process, is immoral and deeply hurting to us and tens of thousands of others.

We appeal for you to heed our call and stand by the innocent.

Martin McGuinness's 'military service' involved adherence to a Green Book which insisted on the murder and/or elimination of those who stood against or in the way of the provisional republican movement's objectives.

These are the facts.

Yours,

Kathleen Gillespie

Neil Tattersall

James Miller

Ann McCabe

Mark Tipper

Pam Morrison


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