Alliance spokesman Dr Philip McGarry has described as (a form of intimidation) the leaflets distributed in Craigavon calling on shops and businesses to shut during the Billy Wright Funeral. Dr McGarry said ” I can understand entirely why many local business men will feel under pressure to close their premises.
However many of them will do so because of a fear of the consequences if they remain open.
The RUC have the duty to ensure that protection is provided for those people who chose to continue about their private business.
As a society we must always recognize the existence of subtle and not so subtle forms of intimidation and redouble our efforts to create a society free from fear and sectarianism.