Guardian Unlimited | Special reports | People's revolt against the IRA gathers momentum
The people's revolt against the IRA gang who murdered Robert McCartney continued to grow last night despite Sinn Fein's attempts to defuse the crisis, with 1,000 protesters demanding the expulsion of more rogue republicans.
Despite the IRA's court martial and expulsion of three members - allegedly including the former officer commanding the Belfast brigade - the family claim at least nine others implicated in the killing are being sheltered by the organisation.
Asked whether, as residents claim, two of the men involved in the clean-up after the murder had previously acted as his election workers, he said he would not comment on "falsehoods in the media".
He also denied claims by residents that republicans had ordered children to riot in the Markets area to impede police investigating the murder.