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Gerry Adams arrest jolts backers in Boston

Sinn Fein chief long a welcome visitor

At the annual St. Patrick’s Day celebration in South Boston he was hailed as an inspiration, and thanked Boston for its strong support. At fund-raisers at five-star downtown hotels and blue-collar function halls, he raised thousands of dollars for his political party in Ireland. His admirers here have included senators, congressmen, and some of the city’s business elite.

So when police in Northern Ireland announced Wednesday that they had arrested Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams, many political leaders in Boston were stunned that a man they had come to respect as a force for peace had been linked to the 1972 abduction and murder of a mother of 10.

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