Meanwhile, the RNU also contacted the Mourne Observer and claimed no republican grouping in the area has been involved in what it described as the “recent wave of criminal activity in Newcastle, including a shotgun attack in a bar.”
The RNU went on to state that, following “intense investigations by several republican groups including RNU, activists in the area are now aware of exactly what is going on and who is behind it.”
The South Down 32 County Sovereignty Movement claims a criminal gang is to blame for the shooting incident in Newcastle’s Dugout bar and for circulating the list to two other local bars in the town.
It says those involved are “police agents” who are “influenced by their handlers to use the republican name as a means to discredit the good name of republicans in this area.”
“This gang should immediately cease their criminal activities,” the Movement’s statement continued.
“The 32 County Sovereignty Movement will not be deterred in our challenge against the violation of Irish National Sovereignty and the good people of Down will see through these spurious claims,” it ended.
The RNU said it is “of the opinion that the criminals behind chaos in the Newcastle area are deliberately acting as a counter gang and are part of a much wider British secret service strategy to alienate the community from the republican movement.”
“We urge republicans in Newcastle to remain wary and vigilant and appeal to the wider community not be taken in by this blatant attempt at creating confusion.
“British counter gangs have long been a part of British black operations in Ireland and since MI5 have taken over running intelligence this is becoming more and more evident,” their statement added.