I was disgusted but hardly surprised to learn of the arrest of two Republicans in Tyrone tonight. Gerry McGeough and Vincie McAnespie were both arrested for what the cops claim is in relation to the attempted assignation of a UDR man in 1981 by the IRA.
Gerry stood as a dissident Republican in yesterday's election for Fermanagh and South Tyrone and was arrested outside the count centre in Omagh tonight.
Vincie is the brother of Aidan McAnespie who was shot dead by the British Army in Aughnacloy in 1988 while on his way to a GAA match. Vincie is the husband of a Sinn Féin councillor and was arrested in his home this evening.
What's more that the cops assaulted Vincie's sisters while they were making the arrest and claimed that he was a dissident.
I spoke to a comrade from that area tonight and was assured that Vincie is 100% behind the movement and is a member of Sinn Féin. This was also stated by Michelle Gildernew MP and Vincie's wife Brenda who is a Sinn Féin councillor.
The scene which unfolded tonight exemplifies the work which still has to be done to remove the scourge of political policing.
There is a section of the police, securocrats and the like, who are running off their own agenda and think they can do what they like. They think they are untouchable, well not for long!
What we need first and foremost is the release of these two men in what is nothing more than a political stunt.
We need the requisite changes to the accountability of the cops so that Sinn Féin can get in there and force these bastards out.
If we have to hound and harass every single human rights abuser and securocrat out then so be it, that is what has to be done.
The time for "forces within forces" is over; the only way forward can be through accountable civic policing.