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Three Sinn Féin Members under threat from unionist paramilitaries

19 May, 2004

Sinn Féin Assembly member for East Derry Francie Brolly has said that he is 'greatly concerned' after the PSNI visited the homes of three party members in Kilrea to inform them that they were under threat from unionist paramilitaries.

Mr Brolly said:

"This week alone two bombs were left outside the home of a party member in Ballymena and the PSNI have visited the homes of a number of Sinn Féin MLAs informing them of a threat to their lives. Last night three party members in Kilrea were visited by the PSNI and advised to increase their security in light of a specific threat to them from unionist paramilitaries.

"It is very clear that there is a real threat now being posed to Sinn Féin members across the six counties. Despite this other political parties and indeed the British government have remained virtually silent. I am quite sure that if members of any other political party in the middle of an election campaign were being subject to a series of death threats then there would be a public outcry.

"Unionist paramilitaries are attempting to intimidate Sinn Féin members with a very organised campaign of violence and intimidation. They clearly have an agenda to disrupt the election campaign and attempt to prevent Sinn Féin representatives from providing a service for our constituents. I believe that it is no accident that this campaign has intensified since the publication of the IMC Report. It is obvious that there are those within the unionist community who will use that flawed report as cover for this sort of violent activity." ENDS

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