A Londonderry man has claimed that republican vigilantes told him to go to anger management classes or get shot.
The Republican Actions Against Drugs (RAAD) has been behind paramilitary-style shootings against those guilty of so-called “anti-social behaviour”.
But Hugh Brady, a community volunteer, said he was surprised by the claim. He had never heard about anyone being ordered to go on an anger management course by RAAD, he said.
Mr Brady is a volunteer adviser at the Rosemount Resource Centre which acts as an intermediary between RAAD and those threatened by the group.
He said: “I think this young man is being quite cynical,”
The man, who did not give his name, said he had been threatened by RAAD.
“They said they would shoot me because I got the blame for stealing a car,” the man said. “I had to do a course like an anger management couse.”
“It was down behind Rosemount Centre.”
The man said that RAAD ruled his area of Derry and people were afraid to speak out.
“They are gangsters and bullies,” he claimed.
Derry journalist Eamon McDermott said it was the first time he had heard of RAAD anger management classes.
“They were concerning themselves with drugs but in recent times they have been dealing with what they would class as anti-social activity.”
- BBC News