[Sinn Fein]

17th July 2003

Plastic bullets figures

Commenting on the release of figures showing a massive increase in the use of plastic bullets by the British Army last year Sinn Fein MP Michelle Gildernew said:

`` When the office of the Police Ombudsman was established Sinn Fein stated our view that the PSNI would in future direct the British Army to fire more plastic bullets as a practice to dodge accountability mechanisms. These figures are a vindication of this.

`` Sinn Fein's position on plastic bullets is well known - we are absolutely opposed to their use and have campaigned for many years on this issue. We have made the issue of the continued use of plastic bullets a crucial part of our discussions with the British government.'' ENDS

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