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Sinn Fein hits out at 'bigots' after election posters torn down

Declan Kearney has called for police to act.
Declan Kearney has called for police to act.

Sinn Fein has hit out a "bigots" for tearing down its election posters.

South Antrim MLA, Declan Kearney said posters of candidates for the forthcoming council elections were removed in Templepatrick and in the Thaxton Village area of Lisburn.

A number of parties have complained of posters being removed as campaigning for the May elections gather pace. Mr Kearney said he would be raising the matter with the police.

Declan Kearney said: “This criminal behaviour must not be tolerated. It is a gross interference in our party’s legitimate election campaign, and an attack on democracy. These thefts are also a sinister development so early in this election campaign.

“I will be raising the criminal theft of our party's posters directly with the PSNI’s district command and seeking assurances that a rigorous police investigation will be conducted immediately in order to identify those responsible, and put them before the courts."

He added: "Sinn Fein will not be deterred or intimidated from promoting our message for change. The momentum for equality and rights in the north is now unstoppable, and Sinn Fein is absolutely resolute about taking that forward.

“There will be no 'no go' areas in South Antrim for equality. The bigots will not deny any section of this society from receiving Sinn Fein's equality and rights message directly from our candidates.

“These attempts at subverting the democratic electoral process will fail. Sinn Fein's local election campaign in South Antrim will not be deterred. Our candidates will ensure that the right to have equality, respect and integrity entrenched at the heart of the political process will not be silenced."

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