Unionists Say SF Is Rewriting History over Riots; DUP Deputy Leader Claims Republicans Want to Be Portrayed as Victims
Byline: STEPHEN DEMPSTER
SINN Fein was last night accused of trying to rewrite history and again portray republicans as victims, after Gerry Adams told Tony Blair the IRA was not involved in orchestrating violence in Belfast.
The Sinn Fein president, accompanied by colleague Martin McGuinness, went to Downing Street to argue that recent trouble in east Belfast was rooted in problems within the unionist community.
''This is the crisis within unionism manifesting itself in sectarian attacks on vulnerable nationalist communities,'' he claimed.
But the DUP angrily responded that republicans were trying to deceive people and create an image of republicans under siege, as they had been doing since the Troubles began in 1969.
''Their claims are entirely contrary to the factual position,'' said DUP deputy leader Peter Robinson.
''This revisionism smacks of a blatant attempt to re-write history.''
Noting that a senior PSNI officer had said the IRA was involved in trouble in east Belfast, Mr Robinson said he would be seeking a meeting with Mr Blair to expose the Sinn Fein deception.
His colleague, DUP MLA Sammy Wilson, released a statement listing incidents which, he claimed, had been twisted and lied about in the media by republicans, in relation to trouble in east Belfast.
He added: ''Sinn Fein/IRA always need to create a siege mentality. Part of their desperation is that more and more Roman Catholics are joining the police and thus they have sought to create a conflict in order to retain support for themselves.''
But emerging from Downing Street after nearly 70 minutes of talks, Mr Adams said there was nothing to suggest that the IRA had orchestrated the violence.
He also claimed there were areas in which the British Government had to do more for the peace process. …