The PSNI have released a statement alleging that 26 of its members were injured in what they describe as premeditated attacks over the past few days in West Belfast.
We would like to know how they came to this conclusion giving that the operation they launched on the lower Falls this week was not known about before hand.
The only thing premeditated was the heavy siege of a Republican area by British crown forces and the bitter attack on locals living there.
The injuries, if there were indeed any, to these British forces, were a direct result of local residents defending themselves from a clearly orchestrated, over the top and vicious assault perpetrated by scores of heavily clad riot police.
It wouldn't be hard to surmise that this latest show of strength from the PSNI is a token gesture to gain back some lost flavour with loyalists over the last few months and it seems to be a working method following the outpouring of support from loyalist politicians.
Elected government lackies in Republican areas will blame the youth but in fairness the youth are angry, and rightly so when they see plain as day the double standard policing of their own area in comparison to others that clearly demonstrate sectarian and racist hatred with a well funded festival of sheer bigotry and triumphalism which lasts for months.
We again reiterate that political policing is alive and well in occupied Ireland, the two tier system of past decades remains the same with the PSNI as it did with their predecessors in the RUC and the RIC before them, a British police force is a British police force, sin é.