News that the Red Cross, an international humanitarian organisation, have been directly assisting local community workers in the Rosemount area of Derryhas again heightened concerns of a potential “drugs epidemic” developing in the city.
It’s been well documented over the last number of years that
community workers within the Rosemount Resource Centre liaise with
several armed republican groups and a growing number of young people
said to be involved in anti-social behaviour or drugs.
Workers at the centre stated that as mediators they help prevent
young people falling victim to possible punishment beatings and
shootings, being exiled from their families or worse, executed. Likewise
it’s said that if it wasn’t for their direct intervention then the
numbers killed or maimed locally would be excessively higher. There’s
on doubting that that’s true enough, recent figures show an estimated
forty people have been shot in Derryalone as a result of
paramilitary-style attacks over the past 5 years. Five in Strabane while
another three were shot in Donegal, including a young 24 year old
father of one, Andrew Allen, murdered by RAAD in Buncrana back in
RAAD themselves have been in existence since 2008, and are said to
have been created by members and recent ex-members of the Provisional
IRA. After a pipe-bomb attack outside a house in the city the following
year they informed a local newspaper to explain that, “There is
absolutely no political agenda within our organisation” stating also
that they “rank-and-file members” of Sinn Fein were “fully supportive”
of it activities.
Over the past number of months news coming out of Derry at times has
resembled some type of Mexican border town rather than a host for the
forth coming ‘UK City of Culture’, hence the pressure is on for someone
to put a lid on things as the situation spirals out downwards. The PSNI
and RAAD, as well as a number of other republican groups have claimed
they too are tackling the “drugs problem”. So in turn our children have
been brutality assaulted or beaten, terrorised in house raids, drug
finds here and there, people shot by appointment and expelled, blast
bombs thrown, elderly people traumatised, even a raid on a rock
memorabilia shop for selling ‘legal highs’ has been the order of the
day. So the propaganda war escalates as to who are the rightful
‘protectors of the community’.
Amidst all the hysteria no one has so much as considered even asking
the young people themselves as to why some feel the need to be engaged
in taking drugs in the first place. No one has considered cutting the
drugs trade out from under the dealers, through legalisation or
decriminalisation. Nor has anyone considered asking what help or
assistance young people themselves could be given in order to tackle the
issues surrounding drug taking or criminality?
In what look’s to be more and more like a battle for domination and
control ordinary working class households, housing estates and
communities have been left behind.
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