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The People : Terrorist Threat to U2 Show

dimanche 10 août 1997

Source : The People

From The People :


By Greg Harkin

Renegade loyalists are threatening U2’s huge Ulster concert.

Hundreds of RUC officers are being briefed on protection measures to make sure the supergroup’sBelfast show goes ahead despite warnings from the extremist Loyalist Volunteer Force.

The Dublin rockers will be swamped by a massive RUC presence when they arrive at Belfast’s Botanic Gardens on August 26. It will be the biggest rock concert ever staged in Northern Ireland.Hundreds of detectives will mingle with the 40,000 strong crowd.

Last week the organisation tried to murder a Catholic taxi driver in Lurgan and then warned allCatholics to stay out of Protestant areas.

The terror group also said it would not back a cease-fire, describing the Republic as "the greatestevil" in a "phoney peace process".

U2 have played to hundreds of thousands of fans around the world during their Popmart tour. Theytake dozens of minders to each venue.

But last night an RUC source said : "We are taking no chances. Intelligence sources report that this is exactly the sort of event the LVF will try to target and we are pulling out all the stops.

"In light of recent threats from this group, particularly in relation to the Republic and people fromthere, we have to be on our guard. Everyone agrees it is going to be the biggest and best concertever staged here. We won’t let the LVF ruin it for everyone."

The fears come just two weeks after The People reported that the Government had sent in the SAS to shadow LVF killers.

U2 leader Bono meanwhile slammed those out to wreck the peace process.

He said : "I wouldn’t presume to shout my mouth off about something I don’t know everything about.

"The Northern Ireland situation is a complex one and a lot of people in the South, including myself,don’t fully understand the situation."

But he added : "I’m really excited about the ceasefire. I think there are some very brave people on both sides who want to make a difference.

"Of course there’s an old guard that will stick their feet in but they’re part of the last century - we arepart of the next."

"He’s really big into the boys. I think his kids like them. He’s rewriting some of the lyrics specially for us. The band are thrilled."

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