RSF has disputed the Provos' claims that RUC men and English soldiers were "murdered".
Speaking after a commemorative march for the Bloody Sunday dead, Stormont Minister Martin McGuinness sought to criminalise past acts of resistance, as well as all present and future acts, Republican Sinn Féin has said. “Mr. McGuinness referred to 'murders' of RUC men and British soldiers, and accused the IRA of engaging in 'terrible deeds' in the past”, said RSF's Publicity Officer, Richard Walsh.
“It is not the IRA which has been guilty of terrible deeds. It is the British Forces of Occupation, along with their surrogates in the Loyalist death squads, who are guilty. So too is the Provos' military body, which destroyed arms belonging to the Irish people – these were intended to secure the full freedom of Ireland. That body has also maimed and murdered those opposed to their current direction.
“Martin McGuinness claimed to be speaking 'as an Irish Republican'. However, no Irish Republican would consider legitimate acts of war to be murderous. Nor will they welcome the Commander-in-Chief of the British Crown Forces – the murderers of the fourteen Bloody Sunday dead, to our country.
“We recognise all calls for collaboration with Ireland's enemies to be treasonous, and demand a full British withdrawal from our country in order that the Irish people might govern themselves.”