Victims’ campaigner Willie Frazer has clarified an online comment about “Fenian-looking” people who he said have been seen monitoring his Co Armagh home.
In a video posted on his Facebook page on February 5, Mr Frazer claimed his Markethill home was being videoed by individuals who had used different vehicles.
The post has been viewed more than 33,000 times.
“There is no way we are going to allow this intimidation and these threats to continue or this bullying,” he says during the video.
“You don’t intimidate me boys, or nobody belonging to me.
“I have a lot of good neighbours and good people around this town who are watching out for me.”
He added: “We know who is snaking about. You are that obvious and that stupid and that Fenian-looking that you can’t be hid when you are in the area. We know who you are and so do the security forces.”
Above the video on his page Mr Frazer wrote: “To let the provos know who are about Markethill. We are watching you watching us.”
Yesterday the Families Acting for Innocent Relatives campaigner told the News Letter that he wanted to clarify that during the short video he “was not talking about Roman Catholics”.
“People say Fenians are Catholics, but a Fenian is not a Roman Catholic,” he said.
“A Fenian is a Gaelic warrior and republicans took up the title and call themselves Fenians.
“I do believe you can tell when you see a republican because I lived with them and I grew up with them.”
Referring to republicans, he said: “You know when you are looking at them.
“As my mother used to say, the bitterness was hanging out of them. They have that evil look, that look where you know they really want to do harm.
“It has saved my neck a couple of times and saved people around me because you knew to look at boys coming that something wasn’t right.”
Mr Frazer said the men monitoring his home had also been spotted by his neighbours.
“They were up at the top of the road filming with a camera and then they came down to our place,” he said.
“I actually have them on the camera obviously observing the house.
“Then another neighbour rang me days later and told me the same boys were back only in a different car.”
Mr Frazer said he contacted the PSNI after the incident.
A PSNI spokesman said: “On the afternoon of Friday 5 February, police received a report of a car in the Markethill area which the caller thought was suspicious. Police checked the area within 15 minutes but could not find any trace of the vehicle.”