12/02/2020

L'Derry Posters Designed To Intimidate- Sinn Fein

A series of posters have appeared across L'Derry in an attempt to intimidate the people of the city, Sinn Fein's Martina Anderson has said.

Police say the "cruel and disgusting" displays, which feature an image of Peadar Heffron, an officer injured in a bomb attack by anti-peace process elements, are the work of those who fear a fully representative police service.

It comes just a day after deputy First Minister Michelle O'Neill revealed she had been made aware of dissident republican plans to attack her and her party colleague Gerry Kelly. The Sinn Fein representatives made history last week with their attendance at a PSNI recruitment event.

Foyle MLA Martina Anderson also connected the posters to attempts to intimidate a local journalist and threats to staff at the Andersonstown News in west Belfast.

"Everyone should have the right to choose their career path free from any fear or intimidation," she said.

"Those responsible for erecting these posters have nothing to offer, they have no politics and no strategy to achieve anything.

"It's well past time they got off the backs of the community.

"This tactic is disgusting and disgraceful and comes and comes from an unrepresentative groups with little support in the community."

PSNI Deputy Chief Constable Mark Hamilton also condemned the posters, saying: "The cowards who hide behind this fake rhetoric and who ridicule the resolve, commitment and bravery of every person who works every day to keep each of you safe, have nothing to offer our society and should be condemned by all right thinking people.

"I would urge anyone who comes across these posters, either online or physically, not to share or circulate this material further."



(JG/CM)

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