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Coleraine intimidation continues – Leonard

18 August, 2009

Coleraine Sinn Féin councillor Billy Leonard has spoken out at the ongoing intimidation of nationalists and republicans in the town, including witnesses to the murder of Kevin McDaid and injuring of Damian Fleming.

He said:

“In the very early hours of Tuesday morning two Catholic homes in the Heights area were attacked by people throwing bottles. In both cases they arrived by car and they knew exactly the homes they wanted to hit. There are young children in these houses and they have obviously been frightened by the incidents.

The community knows this is part of the ongoing intimidation campaign by loyalists who are obviously sending messages by their disgraceful actions.

These incidents are but the latest. Kevin McDaid’s name has been cynically chanted by loyalists at the fringes of the Heights and Catholics have been subjected to verbal intimidation when simply in the town centre shopping. On some occasions witnesses to Kevin’s murder have been singled out.

This intimidation must cease. In the space of two days I have been working with Catholics in Garvagh who had their business premises attacked and now have to deal with these Coleraine incidents. During it all there is silence from Unionist representatives.” ENDS

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