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Mid Ulster bonfire threats can’t stop progress – Molloy

5 April, 2018 - by Francie Molloy

Sinn Féin MP Francie Molloy has said that unionist politicians have a responsibility to speak out against threats and intimidation following the erection of threatening loyalist signage in Mid Ulster.

The threat of ‘aggression’ comes following the local Council’s decision to introduce a bonfire licencing scheme to end bonfire hate crimes and protect life, property and the environment.

Francie Molloy MP said:

“Measures to prevent hate crimes and prohibit the burning of toxic substances are basic common sense and should be welcomed. Instead political unionism has responded with bizzare and irrational hostility.

“Now we have the erection of this threatening slogan in Mid Ulster. This is a blatant hate crime and an attempt to intimidate.

“Political unionism has a responsibility to condemn threats of this nature, and make it clear intimidation of local citizens and their representatives will not be tolerated. I am calling on unionist representatives to publicly condemn this act of intimidation.

“Sinn Féin respect and defend the right of communities to celebrate their culture in a respectful, dignified and safe manner. This cannot however involve the tolerance of hate crime or the burning of toxic materials.”

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