McGuinness condemns attack on democratic process
Martin McGuinness MLA said today that attacks on the homes of Sinn Féin representatives were an assault on the democratic process and displayed contempt for the will of the people.
Martin McGuinness said:
“The attacks on the homes and cars of Sinn Féin elected representatives in Derry are the latest in a spate of attacks on republicans.
“The burning of the cars of Councillors Sandra Duffy and Colly Kelly outside their homes was despicable and I condemned it unreservedly.
“It follows a similar attack on Sinn Féin activist Sean McMonagle's car and an attack on my own home in recent days.
“What happened last night was not only an attempt to intimidate elected representatives, but an attack on their families - including Councillor Kelly's young children and heavily pregnant partner.
“It was also an attack on the wider democratic process coming just a day before the Westminster election, carried out by so-called dissident republican elements.
"It shows the contempt of those behind these attacks for the will of the people.
“I am calling on all the community to defend the progress and gains of the peace process and to reject those intent on dragging us back to the past.”