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Date Posted: Fri, Nov 11 2011, 4:48:32 PST
Author: IRSCNA
Subject: Alex Patterson: Fallen Comrade of the IRSM

Fallen Comrade of the Irish Republican Socialist Movement

Alex Patterson
Volunteer - Irish National Liberation Army
Killed in Action on 12 November 1990

Alex Patterson, age 31 and a father of four from Strabane, Co.
Tyrone, was shot dead on 12 November 1990 by a unit of the British
Army's Special Air Service, which had staked out the house of an
Ulster Defence Regiment soldier near Victoria Bridge, outside

News reports at the time indicated that security forces knew in
advance of an imminent INLA attack on the soldier's house.

Patterson's death was the subject of an inquest in 1997, highlighting
another example of Britain's shoot to kill policy when dealing with
republican activists.

At the inquest, the British Army admitted that he was given no chance
to surrender and that no medical assistance was summoned after the
shooting. Evidence submitted to the inquest suggested he may have been
captured and summarily executed by the SAS.

When the jury returned a verdict that didn't support the British
Army's version of events, the coroner dismissed the jury and sealed
their verdict, which was only revealed after a successful lawsuit.

A memorial to Patterson and another comrade was unveiled in Strabane
on 10 August 2003.

He died as he lived: a Republican Socialist. Remember him with honour
and pride.


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