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Tarred, feathered and tied to a lamppost: Justice for a drug dealer on the streets of Ulster
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/ ^ | August 28, 2007 | DAN NEWLING

Posted on 08/28/2007 3:25:41 PM PDT by lowbridge

Tarred, feathered and tied to a lamppost: Justice for a drug dealer on the streets of Ulster

Tied to a lamppost, he stands with his head and upper body covered in tar and feathers. A makeshift placard hung around his neck with a piece of string announces the reason for his treatment.

(The man is forced to carry a sign detailing his alleged crime)

This man was subjected to the painful tarring and feathering on the Taughmonagh estate, a loyalist stronghold in the city.

Locals had accused the victim, who is in his thirties, of being a drug dealer. And when police allegedly did not act, they took the law into their own hands.

Two masked men tied up the accused victim, poured tar over his head and then covered him in white feathers, apparently from a pillow case.

A small crowd including women and children looked on as the men then adorned their victim with a placard reading: "I'm a drug dealing scumbag".

Pictures of the punishment were sent to a local newspaper.

It is a very public humiliation, and a medieval one. Almost ten years since Northern Ireland's Troubles officially ended, this remains the crude face of justice on the streets of south Belfast.

(Local residents throw feathers over the alleged drug dealer)

The incident harks back to the worst days of the Troubles, when republican and loyalist paramilitaries would routinely punish alleged criminals. Untrusting of the Royal Ulster Constabulary, IRA enforcers would deliver brutal street justice to anyone who contravened their rules.

Sometimes they punished real wrongdoers, but often the victims were those who had simply got in the way of the IRA's own criminal activities.

Kneecapping - in which a victim's kneecaps were blown out with a shotgun - was one of the IRA's most infamous tactics.

The terrorists would also tar and feather Catholic women accused of forming relationships with British soldiers. Yesterday the loyalist Ulster Defence Association denied all involvement in the tarring and feathering, despite its strong presence on the Taughmonagh estate.

Indeed, one political analyst claimed it had been carried out by locals who had become frustrated at the lack of police action over a drug dealer.

(The man is left tied to a lamppost)

Frankie Gallagher, of the Ulster Political Research Group, said: "The UDA told the local community to go to the police about this. The community responded in the way it did because it had no confidence in the police."

By the time the Police Service of Northern Ireland was made aware of the incident, the victim - and his two attackers - had gone.

Margaret Ritchie, Northern Ireland's social development minister, said: "This kind of behaviour has no place in a civilised society."

Tarring and feathering has been used as a punishment for almost 1,000 years. During the third crusade to the Holy Land, King Richard ruled that any Royal Navy sailors caught stealing should be tarred and feathered.

And in 1623, the Bishop of Halberstadt in Germany used the technique to discipline a group of misbehaving nuns.

The punishment is probably best known, however, from its widespread use in America during the War of Independence in the 1770s, when it was used to punish those accused of loyalty to the British colonial power.

The victim was usually paraded around the streets in a cart as a warning to other would-be traitors.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: drugs; ireland; justice; realjustice; tarredandfeathered; vigilantes; wod
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1 posted on 08/28/2007 3:25:44 PM PDT by lowbridge
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To: lowbridge

Legend! Epic and well done!


2 posted on 08/28/2007 3:27:49 PM PDT by ScreamingFist (Annihilation - The result of underestimating your enemies. NRA)
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To: lowbridge

Wow. That’ll learn him.


3 posted on 08/28/2007 3:28:54 PM PDT by Dysart
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To: lowbridge
... the Bishop of Halberstadt in Germany used the technique to discipline a group of misbehaving nuns.

“Misbehaving nuns”: did they show up on a “Nuns Gone Wild” video?

4 posted on 08/28/2007 3:29:47 PM PDT by Brujo (Quod volunt, credunt.)
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To: lowbridge
The punishment is probably best known, however, from its widespread use in America during the War of Independence in the 1770s, when it was used to punish those accused of loyalty to the British colonial power.

The victim was usually paraded around the streets in a cart as a warning to other would-be traitors.

Since this article is written from the point of view of the British, shouldn't that be would-be loyalists?

5 posted on 08/28/2007 3:32:21 PM PDT by Brujo (Quod volunt, credunt.)
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To: lowbridge

I wonder if he was dealing black tar heroin. Oh well...those eyebrows will grow back.


6 posted on 08/28/2007 3:33:23 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: lowbridge

Probably those that did the tarring and feathering had some alcohol in their blood stream


7 posted on 08/28/2007 3:35:54 PM PDT by uncbob (m first)
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To: Joe 6-pack

You can’t tar all drug dealers with the same brush!
Maybe they should buy more brushes?


8 posted on 08/28/2007 3:37:55 PM PDT by xroadie
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To: lowbridge

LOL!


9 posted on 08/28/2007 3:38:18 PM PDT by darkangel82 (Socialism is NOT an American value.)
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To: ScreamingFist

Works for me. What happens to repeat offenders?


10 posted on 08/28/2007 3:43:35 PM PDT by KyHammer ( The democrat leadrship is a traitorous bunch.)
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To: KyHammer
Works for me. What happens to repeat offenders?

Kneecapping?

11 posted on 08/28/2007 3:44:35 PM PDT by ScreamingFist (Annihilation - The result of underestimating your enemies. NRA)
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To: uncbob
Probably those that did the tarring and feathering had some alcohol in their blood stream

Vigilantes do not let vigilantes drink and lynch.

12 posted on 08/28/2007 3:45:23 PM PDT by lowbridge ("We control this House, not the parliamentarians! -Congressman Steny Hoyer (D))
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To: lowbridge
"This kind of behaviour has no place in a civilised society."

But it's OK for the Police and the Government to fail in it's primary duties of protecting the citizenry?
13 posted on 08/28/2007 3:47:16 PM PDT by rottndog (Government is a necessary evil, but as with all evils, the less of it the better.)
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To: lowbridge

John Murtha!!! are you paying attention?


14 posted on 08/28/2007 3:48:18 PM PDT by bert (K.E. N.P. +12 . Hillary's color is yellow.....how appropriate)
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To: lowbridge

Can we do this dhimmis and members of Cair?


15 posted on 08/28/2007 3:50:03 PM PDT by Charlespg (Peace= When we trod the ruins of Mecca and Medina under our infidel boots.)
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To: lowbridge

I have advocated the return of this for decades. We should drag corrupt politicians out of Congress and judges who release criminals right off the bench and tar and feather them, as we did in a far more civilized era.


16 posted on 08/28/2007 3:53:20 PM PDT by montag813
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To: Brujo

Considering the time period, they were probably objecting to having their convent dissolved, their valuables confiscated, and the mass suppressed.

But then, this is the Daily Mail we’re talking about.


17 posted on 08/28/2007 3:53:46 PM PDT by Eepsy (The object of opening the mind, as of opening the mouth, is to shut it again on something solid.)
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To: lowbridge
"Margaret Ritchie, Northern Ireland's social development minister, said: "This kind of behaviour has no place in a civilised society."

Bullsquat...

That is PRECISELY how a civilized society should treat criminals in their midst..

18 posted on 08/28/2007 3:53:56 PM PDT by river rat (Semper Fi - You may turn the other cheek, but I prefer to look into my enemy's vacant dead eyes.)
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To: rottndog
But it's OK for the Police and the Government to fail in it's primary duties of protecting the citizenry?

Exactly. And if the "vigilantes" are caught, they can expect the full might and power of the gov to fall on their heads, unlike the dope pusher. In other news....Dope peddling down by 80% in Belfast......:)

19 posted on 08/28/2007 3:54:06 PM PDT by ScreamingFist (Annihilation - The result of underestimating your enemies. NRA)
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To: lowbridge

“This kind of behaviour has no place in a civilised society.”


It sure doesn’t bother me.


20 posted on 08/28/2007 3:56:01 PM PDT by Joan Kerrey (Believe nothing of what you hear or read and half of what you see.)
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