Dissident death threat to Willie Frazer hours after release - Headlines - Belfast NewsletterHowever, within two hours of arriving home he was visited by police carrying a warning that dissident republicans were planning an attempt on his life.
Is there no end to the depravity of these sectarian gangsters? targeting a terminally ill civil rights activists is surely an all time low even for violent republicanism...
Seriously while I have no sympathy for WF's brand of politics, I do have some sympathy for the man himself he is a product of the troubles and his experiences have made him what he is*. While many/most have moved on (too various degrees) there are those on both 'sides' of the divide that still live in the conflict.
As for those who wish to dismiss the 'dissidents' as irrelevant, imho they are the biggest** threat to normalisation of our society, there have been over 1000 Republican attacks since the GFA.
Violence returns to the streets of Northern Ireland"In total, over 700 people were injured and an additional 59 were killed by Dissident Republican groups between 1997 and 2011."
* insert ones own colorful opinion.
**in built tribalism in both communities is also a major problem, but I do genuinely believe that given time and a peaceful environment we will over come this.