Kearney condemns theft of Sinn Féin election posters in South Antrim
Sinn Féin’s South Antrim MLA, and Westminster candidate Declan Kearney has condemned the recent removal of Sinn Féin election posters in the South Antrim constituency area.
Speaking today, Mr Kearney said:
“In recent days Sinn Féin posters have been taken down at two locations in Antrim town and Glenavy. This follows the removal of Sinn Féin posters in the Sandyknowes and Carnmoney areas, when they were replaced with UDA flags.
“The removal of election posters is a blatant assault on the democratic process. I have reported these latest incidents to the PSNI and will expect a robust investigation into the theft of these posters.
“Sinn Féin election posters, along with Irish cultural symbols, continue to be burned in acts of sectarian hatred on 11th night rogue bonfires in Antrim.
“I have already raised the prospect of such hate crimes being repeated in Antrim town this year with senior PSNI officers and have been given assurances that evidence of any hate crimes will be rigorously pursued, and those found to be responsible brought before the courts.
“In the meantime, Sinn Féin will not be deterred from promoting our message for change. The momentum for the equality and rights agenda in the north is now unstoppable, and Sinn Féin is absolutely resolute about taking that forward.
"There are no longer 'no go' areas for equality and no section of this society is going to be put to the back of the bus ever again.
“Regardless of attempts to frustrate the democratic will of our people, their demand to have equality, respect and integrity entrenched at the heart of the political process will not be silenced."