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Saturday, December 8th, 2018, 06:30 PM
Northern Ireland 'punishment' attacks rise 60% in four years

Exclusive: police recorded 101 shootings and beatings by paramilitary groups last year

Paramilitary-style “punishment” shootings and beatings have surged again across Northern Ireland (https://www.theguardian.com/uk/northernireland), with a 60% increase in such attacks over the past four years, according to the latest police figures obtained by the Guardian.

News of the rise in republican and Ulster loyalist assaults on people within their respective communities came as the head of the Police (https://www.theguardian.com/uk/police) Service of Northern Ireland revealed that some victims’ parents were drugging and getting their loved ones drunk before they were beaten or shot to offset the pain.

The PSNI chief constable, George Hamilton, told the Guardian that some close relatives of those about to be attacked were plying their children with alcohol or giving them powerful painkillers before “appointments” with the “punishment” gangs.

From 2013 to the end of last year the number of shootings and assaults from republican and loyalist paramilitary organisations has increased dramatically. Figures from the PSNI’s statistics branch show that in 2013 there were 64 such attacks from republican dissidents as well as ongoing loyalist paramilitary violence directed at their own communities. In 2017 the figure rose to 101 shootings and beatings. The level of these attacks was up almost 60% compared with four years earlier.

The upsurge in paramilitary punishment attacks took a more lethal turn this year with the murder of Raymond Johnston (https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/feb/14/man-shot-dead-poleglass-estate-west-belfast-named-raymond-johnston) on 13 February while he cooked pancakes at his home in west Belfast. The PSNI believes Johnston, 28, was targeted by the New IRA, a hardline anti-peace process republican faction that often uses the flag of convenience Action Against Drugs to target victims from within the Catholic/nationalist community in Northern Ireland.

The statistics also show that republican dissidents appear more likely to use guns to shoot those inside their respective communities that they label as criminals or “antisocial elements”. According to the PSNI figures showing the total number of victims shot in this latest wave of paramilitary “punishment” attacks, dissident republican groups such as the New IRA or Continuity IRA have been responsible for 24 out of the 27 people wounded by firearms. Many of the victims are often savagely beaten after being accused by armed republican and loyalist factions of criminal actions such as drug dealing or car theft, without any form of legal representation or appeal.

In 2013 four physical beatings were carried out by republican dissidents but within the past four years this has increased to 17.

Meanwhile, loyalist paramilitaries, who are supposedly meant to be on ceasefire, appear more inclined to carry out beatings than shootings against those who cross them within mainly working-class unionist/Protestant areas.

In 2013 the figures show that 34 assaults were carried out by those aligned to certain factions of the Ulster Volunteer Force and the Ulster Defence Association. In 2017 the number had increased to 57.

Responding to the upsurge in paramilitary “punishment attacks”, which in the case of dissident republicans is a means of offering the nationalist community an “alternative quick-fix” form of policing to the PSNI, the chief constable said some parents were “acquiescing” in this system by bringing their children to appointments for beatings and shootings. Hamilton said: “You have a culture of lawlessness and fear in some of these communities where the victims know who is shooting them; the parent knows who is shooting their child. Sometimes parents are negotiating with these thugs to take the kid to certain places by arrangement.“It is not unknown to my officers that in certain circumstances parents have dosed their kids up with powerful painkillers and alcohol to remove the impact of the ‘punishment’ shooting or beating. By colluding in this they [the parents] are hoping to negotiate less severe beatings or shootings. There is something madly wrong with society whenever parents even countenance doing that with their own children.”

Hamilton said he did not blame the parents but saw it as an indication of the climate of fear paramilitary organisations were imposing on the areas they operated in. He said those behind such attacks were “quasi-terrorists who were and are very good at covering their forensic tracks”.

'He fired at my legs': Northern Irish 'punishment' victim still living in fear

In the absence of forensic evidence Hamilton said even victims were reluctant to identify those behind attacks.

Liam Kennedy, a Queen’s University of Belfast lecturer and long-term campaigner against paramilitary “punishment” attacks, said that given the young ages of many of those targeted the practice was “tantamount to child abuse”.

Kennedy, the author of a major study into the long-term practice of alternative paramilitary policing in Northern Ireland titled They Shoot Children Don’t They?, said: “The trend is still alarmingly upwards. The last month has been a particularly vicious month. The victims are mainly young men from working-class areas, and not even children are immune. Last year three children were singled out for mutilation through gunshot wounds to the legs. This is child abuse of a kind comparable to the actions of paedophiles.”

He called on international human rights organisations to speak out more against the practices, which he said were “week-by-week serious human rights violations”.

Guardian, Northern Ireland 'punishment' attacks rise 60% in four ... (https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/mar/12/northern-ireland-punishment-attacks-rise-60-in-four-years)

Mon 12 Mar 2018.

Wuotans Krieger
Saturday, December 8th, 2018, 06:37 PM
A very alarming read. I am sure that many of these 'victims' were as bad as the paramilitaries that carried out the 'punishments' although that does not excuse it and it does go to show how lawless Northern Ireland still is. The parents are complicit in these criminal actions. Thank the Gods that I live in England!

Saturday, December 8th, 2018, 07:37 PM
For years the number of paramilitary style attacks has dropped but figures show 41 were carried out last year 2008, more than double the year before.

David (not his real name) was watching Big Brother on TV in a bedroom with his girlfriend when four men forced their way into his house. "They pulled out a gun and pushed me down," he said. "One punched me in the face, and someone knelt on my back. I was kicking my legs and they told me to stop or it would be worse. They shot me four times."

I was shot in the shin, thigh, ankle and calf. I was in shock but shouted to my girlfriend,'Call an ambulance'. Then I passed out.

Punishment shooting victim - They had scarves round their faces and balaclavas on to disguise their identities.
One held his grandmother in the lounge, while the others went upstairs to carry out a punishment shooting, also known as a kneecapping. "I was shot in the shin, thigh, ankle and calf. I was in shock but shouted to my girlfriend, 'Call an ambulance'. Then I passed out."

David says they thought he was a drug dealer, which is something he denies. It's believed a rebel republican group called Oglaigh na hEireann was responsible for the attack. It's a splinter group from the Real IRA, thought to be behind the bomb which was placed under a policeman's car earlier this month.

His family say no one's ever been charged over the attack and criticised the police for not doing enough to help them.

Shootings rise

The police say they're working with local communities to prevent paramilitary-style attacks and have had significant success at stopping them. David's mum said the police needed to do more: "A majority of people in the local area are in these dissident groups or supporting them. The police need to stop it from happening."

For decades, paramilitaries in both loyalist and republican areas used punishment shootings as a way of controlling communities. With policing often absent in parts of Northern Ireland, the attacks were carried out on those believed to be guilty of anti-social behaviour.

There was a distrust of the police force, particularly in the Catholic community. They viewed it as being largely Protestant and felt that the Catholic community was unfairly targeted, a feeling that's exploited by the paramilitaries.

According to police figures, there were 186 punishment shootings in 2001, of which most were carried out by loyalist groups. Since then, the total number of attacks has fallen dramatically, to just six in 2007. In 2008 the figures rose slightly to 16 attacks but the latest figures show 41 punishment shootings were carried out in 2009 and all but one was blamed on rebel republican groups, such as the Continuity IRA. The number of punishment beatings last year also went up, to 81, compared to 40 in 2008 with most being blamed on loyalist groups.


Harry Maguire is an ex-IRA prisoner who was convicted of murder. He now works for Community Restorative Justice, an organisation who try to stop punishment shootings. "A number of the shootings that have taken place over the last year have been done in a very haphazard manner," he said.

Paramilitaries told me I had 48 hours to leave the country or else I would be severely dealt with.

"They're unprofessional with what they're doing. There's been a number of these punishment shootings where the intention has been to shoot someone in the knees. On one occasion a person was shot in the shoulder."

Father Gary Donaghan is from the Holy Cross Church in Belfast and explained the different sort of attacks.
"There are beatings, and then kneecappings," he said. "Then there's what they refer to in a very sadistic way as a six-pack. Somebody shot in the elbows, knees and the ankles."

Paramiltaries sometimes warn him a punishment attack is about to take place.

He says he negotiates with them to stop them taking place. He said: "They would contact the monastry, say they belong to an actual organisation and say that a person was under critical threat, and say within a certain period of time this person is to be shot."

'I don't feel safe'

Often negotiations will lead to a person having to leave their home. It happened to this man, who again, didn't want to be identified. He said: "Paramilitaries told me I had 48 hours to leave the country or else I would be severely dealt with. It could be anything, your legs or arms broke, even shot in the head. Executed as they would call it."

David now hopes to get on with his life and can now walk again but he still has nightmares.

He's planning to leave the area, even though that means leaving his family behind. "I'm still scared," he admitted. "For a long time I couldn't leave the house. Now I'm starting to go out more but I'm nervous. I don't trust anyone." His mum told Newsbeat she was also trying to move house but couldn't find a new home. She said the whole family was struggling to get over what happened. "We've all gone through the whole process of nightmares, medication, counselling," she said. "It's something that's never going to end. I don't feel safe. I don't think anyone feels safe."

BBC Northern Ireland kneecapping victim 'shot four times ... (http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/article/10056251/northern-ireland-kneecapping-victim-shot-four-times) 28 Jan 2010.

Saturday, December 8th, 2018, 09:06 PM
I'm waiting for this type of thing to happen over here. I wonder how many commies will strut after they get their kneecaps blown off.

Coldy Reloaded
Saturday, December 8th, 2018, 09:15 PM
The conflict in Northern Ireland is a very tragic one . . For sure . .

It started when the kings of England tried to conquer Ireland and when they couldn't really succeed they 'planted' people there from the U.K. . . The famous 'plantation'. .

Gareth Lee Hunter
Saturday, December 8th, 2018, 09:33 PM
I'm waiting for this type of thing to happen over here. I wonder how many commies will strut after they get their kneecaps blown off.

Brutal retaliatory force delivered to the rioting urban apes during the late sixties brought sudden closure to their BS. But the force used fell short of permanently ending what has become our present predicament, which will eventually require the same brutal response to end it as well.

I told one of the badly warped 'ladies' who attends our private events that I refuse to love those who hate me. This means I reciprocate the hatred all of these two-legged beasts feel for me tenfold. I have absolutely no compunction about exterminating the whole damn lot of them anymore than I have about killing any other kind of vermin whenever and wherever I find them.

The very thought of my sweet little lady being brutalized by these vile creatures because she doesn't want to associate with them infuriates me.

Saturday, December 22nd, 2018, 08:12 PM
POLICE IN Northern Ireland are investigating after a shooting incident in Derry last night 21 Dec 2018.

A man was taken to hospital after he was shot in both knees at a residential premises in the Cromore Gardens area at around 8pm.

Detective Inspector Bob Blemmings condemned the culprits as “mindless thugs”. He said: “It is absolutely abhorrent that anyone would go into a busy built up residential area comprising of young families and elderly people with a loaded firearm. The recklessness shown by those involved in carrying out this attack should be condemned. The harm has to end.”

'No child should ever have to live like this': Outrage after man shot in Derry residential area (http://www.thejournal.ie/psni-derry-shooting-4411497-Dec2018/) 22 Dec 2018.

There is this belief among some people, that people who are shot don’t get it for nothing, whereas we know, in fact, sometimes they do.

Paramilitary-Shootings = Social Control.

Monday, January 21st, 2019, 02:24 PM
Adverts bid to end paramilitary-style attacks in NI - BBC News (https://www.bbc.com/news/education-45881781)https://www.bbc.com/news/education-45881781
Intimidation and threats mean victims and witnesses are unlikely to give evidence, so convictions for these so-called punishment attacks are rare. It is hoped that the campaign will help to change ...

Sunday, February 3rd, 2019, 04:47 PM
Two men have been shot in separate “paramilitary-style” attacks in the Ballymagroarty area of Londonderry, Northern Ireland.

The pair were both shot in one leg, with one also being shot in the hands, according (https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/northern-ireland/two-men-shot-in-paramilitary-style-attacks-in-londonderry-37774976.html) to the Belfast Telegraph — similar to many so-called “punishment shootings” which are not uncommon (https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/mar/12/northern-ireland-punishment-attacks-rise-60-in-four-years) in Northern Ireland, despite the United Kingdom’s draconian gun control legislation.

They were both treated at the scene of their respective attacks in at O’Casey Court and Corrib Court by paramedics on Friday evening, before being transported to Altnagelvin Area Hospital.

Men Shot in Legs, Hands in ‘Paramilitary-style’ Attacks in Northern Ireland (https://www.breitbart.com/europe/2019/02/02/men-shot-in-legs-hands-in-paramilitary-style-attacks-in-northern-ireland/) 03 Feb 2019.

Friday, April 19th, 2019, 05:25 PM

A burning car in the Creggan Derry after petrol bombs were thrown at police last night.

A MURDER INVESTIGATION has been launched after a journalist was killed in a shooting in Derry last night. The Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) have named the 29-year-old woman as Lyra McKee, who died after shots were fired in the Fanad Drive area of Creggan in Derry. McKee was at the scene of rioting last night, with reporters present saying police came under gun fire and a petrol bomb attack.

The PSNI says that a single gunman fired shots in a residential area of the city and as a result wounded the deceased. Officers at the scene administered first aid before transporting her in the back of a police vehicle to hospital, where she tragically died from her injuries.

Assistant Chief Constable for District Policing Mark Hamilton said the woman was killed during “orchestrated violence” in the area, and that police believe the killing was carried out by a dissident republican. “Not only is this the murder of a young woman, it’s an attack against the people of this city,” he told reporters at a press conference. “It has had horrendous consequences, and will affect people for many years.”

ACC Mark Hamilton says ‘our thoughts are very much with the family & friends of Lyra McKee’. He says her murder ‘demonstrates all too starkly when terrorists bring violence & guns into the community members of the public are placed in severe danger’.

Hamilton also expressed his condolences with the family and friends of the deceased, who was a journalist based in Belfast. “This murder demonstrates all too starkly that when terrorists bring violence and guns into the community, members of the public are placed in severe danger. “It is abundantly clear that they do not care who they harm.”

Property searches

The shooting followed a number of searches by police in the area, starting from 9pm. The PSNI believed that dissident republicans were storing weapons and explosives for a number of planned attacks, possibly to have taken place over Easter weekend in the city. They say that after searches began, a crowd gathered and that around 50 petrol bombs were thrown at officers. Two vehicles were also hijacked and set on fire. By 11pm, around 100 people had gathered in the area, including young people and members of the media. PSNI believe that it was around this time that the gunman fired a number of shots.

29-year-old journalist Lyra McKee shot dead during riots in Derry (https://www.thejournal.ie/death-journalist-4599701-Apr2019/) 19 Apr 2019.

Murder is always tragic. If this was your sister or daughter how would you feel?

These mostly nationalist paramilitary groups, including these dissident republicans, control their communities with regular ‘punishment shooting’.This was obviously a response to the PSNI coming in to raid houses in their area and the intended victim was the Police /PSNI.

Uwe Jens Lornsen
Friday, April 19th, 2019, 05:45 PM
Italian Mafia-like occurences ...

About journalists : I am not so very fond of , so sticking noses into
everything as modern "hunter and gatherer" of data , is a little bit
uninteresting to me ; her age a bit too early , though ...

Republicans , are that the Sinn Fein Island-Irish , or the occupying
British Occupation Forces ?

Friday, April 19th, 2019, 06:42 PM
journalists : I am not so very fond of

Republicans , are that the Sinn Fein Island-Irish , or the occupying British Occupation Forces ?

Uwe Jens Lorsen.

I have low regard for all journalists and media people.This young woman was also lesbian.

Republicans are "the Sinn Fein Island-Irish" who are 100% cultural marxists hugely in favour of LGBT, abortion, 3rd world mass migration and the whole antifascist programme.

"the occupying British Occupation Forces" - that would be the British Army and I don't think there are any British soldiers here in Northern Ireland other than maybe a 'bomb squad' to defuse a bomb from time to time.

The other major grouping here are the Ulster Loyalists who are fundamental protestants mostly Church of Ireland (Anglican), Presbyterian and a few Baptists. They are British and are represented in the HoC by the DUP.

Saturday, October 5th, 2019, 08:20 PM
DETECTIVES WITH THE PSNI are appealing for witnesses after a man was shot in what is being described as a “brutal” paramilitary-style attack at a house in West Belfast.

The victim, who is in his 50s, received gunshot wounds to his leg after shots were fired at him through the front door of his property at O’Neill’s Lane, just off Whiterock Road, at around 8.50pm last night. Two suspects dressed in dark-coloured tracksuits were seen leaving the area on foot in the direction of Brittons Parade following the incident.

Speaking today, Detective Inspector Adam Ruston of the PSNI condemned the incident as well as those responsible. “This was a brutal attack carried out in a residential area where families with children and other residents were going about their normal evening routines,” he said.

“Groups involved in attacks like this offer nothing to society. They do not represent the interests of the local community and seek only to exert control over communities through fear and violence.”

Appeal for witnesses after man shot in 'brutal' paramilitary-style attack in west Belfast (https://www.thejournal.ie/west-belfast-oneills-lane-shooting-4838058-Oct2019/)05 X 2019.

Very brutal and a fairly common occurrence. Doesn’t make even the local News.

West Belfast completely Catholic, Nationalist, Irish Republican.
East Belfast completely Protestant, Unionist, Loyalist.

Wednesday, October 9th, 2019, 02:26 PM
Paramilitary style attack took place in the Waterside area of the city of Derry

A pair of masked raiders shot a man in both legs in the Northern Irish city of Derry, police said. The paramilitary style attack took place on Market Street in the Waterside area of the city on Tuesday night, the Police Service of Northern Ireland (https://www.independent.co.uk/topic/psni) (PSNI) said.

The victim, who is in his thirties, is receiving medical treatment for his injuries. "Officers would ask anyone with any information to contact them on Strand Road on 101," a PSNI spokesman said.

The shooting is the third of it's kind in less than month in the city.

On September 30 another man in his thirties was also shot in both legs in the Moss Park area of the city.
Four days earlier, in the Leafair Gardens of the city, another man, also in his thirties was also struck in both legs and taken to hospital.

It is unclear whether the incidents are linked.

Derry shooting: Masked raiders blast man in both legs in ... (https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/man-shot-both-legs-derry-northern-ireland-paramilitary-style-attack-a9148291.html)

09 X 2019.

Derry city population 85,016.

Crowd control.

Very little mention in the media.

Thursday, March 19th, 2020, 02:07 PM
'Vicious' paramilitary-style attack in Derry sees three masked men burst into house and shoot victim (https://www.thejournal.ie/derry-shooting-4-5050996-Mar2020/)

The injured man was shot in the leg and is being treated in hospital.

25% of our electorate voted for these types on 8th of February past.

Just another day in Derry unfortunately. Another drug dealer in a wheelchair up in the Creegan, been up there a few times and there are a good few in wheelchairs.

journal.ie 19 III 2020.

Friday, March 27th, 2020, 07:34 PM
Police have described an attack by a gang of masked men on the occupant of a house in Rasharkin, Co Antrim, Northern Ireland as 'barbaric'. The aggravated burglary took place at a house in the Lisheegan Road area of the village on Tuesday, March 17.

A group of up to six masked men entered the house at around 11:45pm armed with sledgehammers and other items, and attacked the male occupant.The victim, aged in his 20’s, sustained a number of fractures and puncture wounds to his arms and legs and a collapsed lung, and is currently receiving treatment in hospital.

A female occupant, aged in her 50’s, was held down on the floor by the intruders throughout the attack and was left with bruising to her face following the ordeal.

A PSNI spokesman said: “This attack, which bears all the hallmarks of a paramilitary-style assault, was absolutely barbaric and has left a young man in hospital with horrendous injuries today. "The physical injuries will hopefully heal with time but this incident will likely affect both victims for a very long time. There is no place in our society for such attacks and we are now working to establish a motive and to find those responsible." Anyone with any information about this incident is asked to contact detectives in Coleraine on 101 quoting reference number 1731 17/03/20. Alternatively, information can also be provided to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 which is 100% anonymous and gives people the power to speak up and stop crime.

Belfast Telegraph, March 18 2020.

Man injured in 'barbaric' attack by masked gang Co Antrim ... (https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/incoming/man-injured-in-barbaric-attack-by-masked-gang-co-antrim-home-39054618.html)

18/03/2020 · Man injured in 'barbaric' attack by masked gang Co Antrim home - BelfastTelegraph.co.uk Police have described an attack by a gang of masked men on the occupant of a house in Rasharkin, Co Antrim…

Got the wrong address or person. AGAIN.

Sunday, September 20th, 2020, 08:44 PM
A MAN HAS been shot in a paramilitary-style attack in County Antrim.

Police Service of Northern Ireland said it received a report at 10.20pm last night that three men forced their way into a house in the Stranocum area, near Ballymoney and shot a man in his arms and legs.

The PSNI said: ”We are treating this brutal shooting as a paramilitary-style attack. This is despicable and should not happen in a civilised society.”

Police have begun an investigation and have urged anyone with any information to contact them.

Horrible assault, likely to have life consequences for him & his family.
These savages clearly have no regard for parents, wives & children.

Man shot in paramilitary-style attack in Antrim (https://www.thejournal.ie/man-shot-in-arms-and-legs-in-paramilitary-style-attack-in-antrim-5209959-Sep2020/)20 IX 2020.

'Dealing' or anti-social behaviour.

Sunday, September 20th, 2020, 09:20 PM
'Dealing' or anti-social behaviour.

Several reader comments under the article blame Loyalists for the attack. Being an American reader, I don't pretend to know the dynamics involved.
A few of my ancestors were apparently Ulster Scots before emigrating to the colonies in the 18th century.

Friday, November 13th, 2020, 07:49 PM
A MAN IN his 20s has been shot in a “paramilitary style” attack in Belfast this evening. The incident happened just before 8pm in Donore Court, in the north of the city. PSNI detectives are currently at the scene of the incident.

The victim has been taken to hospital for treatment to his injuries, which are not believed to be life-threatening.

“While our enquiries are at an early stage, this barbaric shooting bears all the hallmarks of paramilitary style assault,” PSNI Detective Sergeant Gardiner said.“Those responsible for this violent act do not represent the interests of this community, nor do they contribute anything to it. “They do it to try and exert influence, or gain control of people through fear.”

could have been a drug dealing or anti-social behaviour which the PoliceServiceNI wouldn’t deal with.

Donore court is in the New Lodge so chances are it’s catholic on catholic violence.

Paramilitary and non-life-threatening can only mean one thing. Hope the poor lad can walk again.

Man (20s) shot in 'paramilitary style' attack in north Belfast (https://www.thejournal.ie/man-shot-paramilitary-attack-belfast-5265098-Nov2020/)

13 XI 2020.

There were suppose to be local representatives on local Policing boards. Great idea. Instead we got 'political' representatives. So no one was going to call out their own or hold them to account.

Meanwhile the police are concerned about wearing masks, seat belts and domestics.

Friday, December 4th, 2020, 02:21 PM
Man in his 30’s shoot in both legs in West Belfast (https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-55185589)

Northern Ireland: population 1.8 million,

Belfast population 671,600 / 36%

Northern Ireland: Eighty-one ‘punishment attacks’ in past year

One ‘paramilitary-style’ shooting or beating every four days, figures show

A hard-hitting campaign exposing the “brutal reality” of so-called punishment attacks in Northern Ireland was relaunched on Monday by the North’s Department of Justice. The campaign was relaunched as the latest figures showed there were 81 “punishment” attacks in the 12 months to June this year while in the previous year there were 79 such attacks.

The multimedia campaign, which was first launched in October 2018, tells the story of a paramilitary-style shooting from the points of view of the four people involved: the victim, his mother, the paramilitary gang member and a witness.

The Ending the Harm campaign, which is part of the Stormont Action Plan to Tackle Paramilitary Activity, Criminality and Organised Crime, is aimed at highlighting the “devastating impact” of so-called “paramilitary-style attacks” on victims, their families, local communities and wider society.

Anthony Harbinson, from the Tackling Paramilitarism, Criminality and Organised Crime Programme board, said that before the first campaign was launched last year there was a certain community tolerance for such attacks, but that was changing. “Before we launched this campaign, research showed that 35% of people living in those areas most impacted by paramilitary activity thought so-called ‘paramilitary-style attacks’ were justified in certain circumstances,” he explained. “The purpose of this campaign has been to highlight the devastating toll these attacks have and help people understand that the criminals who carry out these attacks don’t care about people, or justice, or solving social problems in communities,” he added.

“They don’t offer protection and they are only interested in exerting control and exploiting people for their own gain, using violence as a means to do so.”

Mr Harbinson said that recent research carried out to assess the impact of the campaign, and get a snapshot of current attitudes towards so-called paramilitary-style attacks in those areas, now showed that 19% of people believe they were justified. “That’s a 46% decrease which is encouraging. But the reality is these barbaric attacks are still an issue of concern,” he said.

Mr Harbinson added, “The latest statistics show that, between July 2018 and June 2019, there were 81 victims of so-called paramilitary-style attacks. This includes 17 victims of shootings and 64 victims of assaults. That’s approximately one attack every four days.

“In the previous 12-month period, there were a total of 79 so-called paramilitary-style attacks – 20 shootings and 59 assaults. In June of this year alone, there were 12 assaults, the highest number in one month since April 2009.” Mr Harbinson said that “although there has been a long-term downward trend, this is still an issue that we as a society need to deal with and this campaign is a vital part of tackling this scourge on our communities”.

Northern Ireland: Eighty-one ‘punishment attacks’ in past year (https://www.irishtimes.com/news/crime-and-law/northern-ireland-eighty-one-punishment-attacks-in-past-year-1.3977767)
https://www.irishtimes.com/news/crime-and-law/northern-ireland-eighty (https://www.irishtimes.com/news/crime-and-law/northern-ireland-eighty)...
Northern Ireland: Eighty-one ‘punishment attacks’ in past year One ‘paramilitary-style’ shooting or beating every four days, figures show Mon, Aug 5, 2019, 18:00

Reports in this thread are a few of the many that happen. Very seldom is anyone ever charged for an attack.

Saturday, December 5th, 2020, 09:58 PM
There is this belief among some people, that people who are shot don’t get it for nothing, whereas we know, in fact, sometimes they do.

Paramilitary-Shootings = Social Control.

Can't they try out cancel culture for this?

Too me it is amazing how so many try to use Northern Ireland as an example for a "religiously motivated conflict", when they try to defend Islam.