Same Story, Same Bigotry

Londoner Stephen Lawrence was murdered by stabbing in 1993 and, although arrests were made, no charges were brought. A 1998 public inquiry found that the Metropolitan Police Service was “institutionally racist”. In 2012, two of the original suspects were found guilty of the murder (WP). Catholic Robert Hamill was beaten to death by loyalists in Portadown in 1997 while police in an RUC land-rover looked on (WP). The second image is of a fist smashing a swastika: “Stand firm – break the bigots [sic] back” on top of a Drumcree stand-off mural (which will become visible again in later years). Artana Street, Belfast

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Copyright © 1998 Peter Moloney

Keep The Orange Order Out

Two boards in Welsh Street, south Belfast: “Vote Sinn Féin’s [Seán] Hayes. Keep the Orange Order out. May 21st No. 1” and “93% Protestant, 100% Unionist – Disband the RUC.” The figure on the left is a three-in-one RUC officer, Orange Order member, and loyalist paramilitary. Hayes was elected fourth from the Laganbank district, taking a seat from the SDLP.

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Copyright © 1997 Peter Moloney