While the UDA have been meeting Social Development minister Margaret Ritchie to flag up their peace-loving credentials, and tighten their grip on that £1.2m “conflict transformation” grant, news comes through casting doubt on those credentials. That was the death threat made yesterday against, among others, Andersonstown News editor Robin Livingstone. The threat was said to have come from the Red Hand Defenders, which is the UDA in a funny hat, and sums up nicely that organisation’s approach to free speech. For more details, I refer readers to the NUJ.
And while we’re plugging good causes, Amnesty is holding a Burma solidarity demo outside City Hall at noon tomorrow. And have a look at their story on the possibility that our local arms industry could be supplying the Burmese junta.