4/08/2005

Plastic bullets for the Plastic state

A Human Rights group in the north has backed Sinn Féin's opposition to the decision of the Policing Board to introduce a new type of plastic bullet. Plastic bullets have been responsible for 17 deaths in the north, including 14 children, so I doubt that claims that the new bullet is "less lethal" will carry much weight with the loved ones of those murdered by these bullets. At one stage the SDLP opposed all use of plastic bullets, yet they were powerless to prevent their introduction. The continued existence of these lethal weapons will serve as another reminder to nationalists that not as much has changed as certain people would have us believe.

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