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Ballymena man receives death threats from unionist paramilitaries

13 May, 2004

North Antrim Sinn Féin Assembly member Philip McGuigan has accused unionist paramilitaries of conducting a campaign of terror against a 19 year old Ballymena man. Mr McGuigan's comments come after death threats were phoned into a local radio station naming the man and his address and the PSNI have also visited his home on two separate occasions to warn him of a threat to his life.

Mr McGuigan said:

" It is very clear that unionist paramilitaries are behind a campaign of intimidation against this young Ballymena man. This sort of bully boy approach is fairly typical of unionist politics in North Antrim. However this does not make it anymore acceptable.

" It is time unionist politicians and community leaders spoke out against this sort of sectarian intimidation and stood with the small nationalist community in Ballymena. Nationalists and republicans in the town are not prepared to be bullied and intimidated on the whim of various unionist gangs in the area.

" I would call on those behind this threat to get off the back of this young man and get off the backs of the local nationalist and republican community in Ballymena. Nationalists and Republicans have as much right to live and work in Ballymena as anyone else." ENDS

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