Sinn Féin Foyle MLA Raymond McCartney said threats by an armed vigilante gang in a reported dispute over bonfire material in Derry stands in stark contrast to the work carried out in the city by community groups offering positive alternatives to bonfires.
The Derry MLA said:
"People will find it incredible that a number of teenagers from Creggan have been issued with a death threat and ordered to leave Derry in 24 hours in a reported dispute over bonfire material. There is a lot of anger and frustration in the area about the actions of these self-appointed armed groups.
“This stands in stark contrast to the outstanding work carried out right across the city in the last few weeks by community organisations offering positive alternatives to bonfires.
"The seriousness of this situation cannot be understated and I condemn those behind these latest death threats. The local community is demanding that these armed gangs, no matter what umbrella or names they operate under, disband and lift the atmosphere of intimidation hanging over the Creggan community.
"I repeat our party's call earlier this year to anyone involved with vigilante groups, who has any concern for the people of Derry and wider area, to stop and examine the negative impact of their actions.
"They should walk away from those who are directing this community intimidation before they inflict further hurt on their own people.”