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NI and Catalonia can't be compared

I have just listened to the attempt by Christopher Stalford to draw a parallel between the RUC's response to civil rights protests in the 1960s and the strong clampdown by the Spanish police on the Catalan independence referendum.

The RUC's attempts to keep the peace are in no way comparable to the extreme measures taken by the Spanish authorities.

Mr Stalford should have explained that it was the founders of his DUP (then operating as the Protestant Unionist Party) who vehemently opposed the civil rights marches, who called on the RUC to take stronger action against them and who branded unionist leaders 'Lundys' for taking too liberal a stance.

In attempting to rewrite history, Mr Stalford has become a representative of exaggerated nationalist propaganda.


Armagh City

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