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Abduction of Republican
32 County Sovereignty Movement • 12. 10. 03

The 32 County Sovereignty Movement notes with great concern the recent abduction of Co. Down man Brendan Rice.

38 year old Brendan was forcefully taken by 3 masked men from his house in Newcastle around 10pm on Saturday night. When attempting to resist he was dragged into his front garden and beaten while several neighbors and his girlfriend looked on helplessly. After this humiliation he was dragged into a white transit van parked near by.

These individuals then held Brendan in an unknown location overnight where he was again assaulted for some period of time. Due to the line of questioning they pursued, and the fact that (though moderately disguised) some locals who witnessed the abduction said they recognized the men it has become obvious that these were members of the Provisional

Fortunately Brendan was returned to his family at around 2pm today (Sunday 12th Oct.) but is badly shaken by the whole affair.

Those close to Brendan have mentioned that 2 weeks ago he had conversed with a local Sinn Fein councilor after meeting him in a bar, during which Brendan expressed a difference of opinion around the party and its overall strategy. They are insistent that this was by no means an aggressive exchange, but feel that this conversation coupled with the fact that Mr. Rice had sold ballots in support of Republican prisoners in Maghaberry indeed had a bearing on his abduction.

This is only one of several similar abductions and beatings administered recently by the Provisional Movement, which includes the alleged involvement of these people in the disappearance of Armagh man Gareth O'Connor.

The 32 County Sovereignty Movement is not simply asking for condemnation, but is calling for a complete end to this fascistic bully boy behavior.


















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