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 Building Says SDLP

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“Keep building says SDLP. Don’t keep building say the people of South Armagh” (referring to British Army installations). “Saoirse Ceart Síocháin”/”Freedom Justice Peace”, and a hand-painted “Tiocfiadh Ár Lá” and Tricolour and Sunburst flags on crossed pikes, with an armalite. Sinn Féin election posters and republican symbols in Springhill Avenue, Belfast.

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Copyright © 1987 Peter Moloney