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Tuesday 21 August 2018

SF's silence over Gaddafi 'is shameful'

AS his old friend started slaughtering his own people, Gerry Adams was today challenged to condemn Libya's Colonel Gaddafi

Gaddafi, who last night ranted for more than one hour on state television as his troops bombed and machine gunned protesters, is a long-standing ally of Adams and the IRA.

As the Libyan dictator clings to power despite mass protests across his country, an MP in the North described Adams' silence on Gaddafi's behaviour as a "shameful indictment of a morally bankrupt politician".

During the Troubles, Gaddafi and his regime armed and funded the Provisional IRA and Sinn Fein.

SDLP MP Alasdair McDonnell said there had been "total silence" from the Sinn Fein election candidate in Louth over the atrocities committed by Gaddafi against pro-democracy demonstrators.

He described the Libyan despot as "the Provos' chief benefactor".

On Sinn Fein and the IRA's relationship with Gaddafi, Dr McDonnell said: "This is a man who heads a party that in the past was never slow in criticising certain governments on a purely selective basis when it suited them.

"However, Mr Adams and Sinn Fein seem to be suffering from collective amnesia over the cosy relationship they so cherished as the friends of Gaddafi.

Slaughter

"Even at this late stage, it is not too late for Mr Adams to use his movement's long-standing direct links with the Libyan government for good rather than self-serving evil."

The South Belfast MP said that unless Adams was prepared to speak out now, however reluctantly, he would be seen as standing shoulder to shoulder with an individual who uses street slaughter as a lever to protect his grip on power.

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