UDA threatening letters sent to Rasharkin residents
North Antrim Sinn Féin MLA Daithí McKay has condemned the threatening letters which have been sent by loyalists to residents in Rasharkin including himself. In one letter a resident was told that his "name has been put into the UDA book" and the letter is signed 'UDA'. The letters come in the wake of Catholics being forced to leave their homes in nearby Ballymoney after being attacked by the UDA.
Mr McKay said
"We are now seeing a concerted effort by loyalists, and in particular the UDA, to intimidate Catholics in Rasharkin and the wider Ballymoney area.
"Last month we saw UDA-linked bands marching through the village at the invitation of the Ballymaconnolly band and now in the wake of residents' opposition to that loyalist paramilitary display we are seeing an attempt by loyalists to intimidate this small rural community.
"These threats will not deter me or those opposed to loyalist intimidation in Rasharkin.
"The UDA is actively targeting Catholics in this area and there is considerable anger amongst local people that DUP MLA Mervyn Storey has ruled out UDA involvement. The political cover that the DUP has provided for the UDA when they have marched through Catholic areas and when they have targeted Catholic families in the North Antrim / East Derry area over the past number of months will surprise no-one. It is crystal clear that the DUP still have links to loyalist paramilitaries which they have yet to sever."