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Nationalists targeted by unionist paramilitaries

7 June, 2005

Sinn Féin East Derry representative, Coleraine councillor Billy Leonard has called on unionist politicians and community leaders end the targeting of nationalists in the area by unionist paramilitaries after the homes of nationalists were targeted last night.

Cllr Leonard said:

"Theses are outrageous attacks. There is a clear attempt to try and target and intimidate nationalists in Coleraine because of the surge in nationalist confidence and support for Sinn Féin.

"Unionist political and community leaders have a responsibility to challenge the attitudes within their community that try and make attacks such as these on nationalists in any way acceptable because they are not. Everyone has a right to live free from sectarian intimidation and harassment. Unionist politicians must by lead by example.

"Unionists who demonise nationalists contribute to the climate in which unionist paramilitaries target nationalists and republicans. This is unacceptable.

"Unionists who claim to be democrats must stand up against these attacks." ENDS

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