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Threatening posters appear in Ahoghill overnight

10 November, 2005

Sinn Féin Assembly member for North Antrim Philip McGuigan this morning said he was 'outraged and angry' after posters appeared overnight in Ahoghill warning local people not to wear GAA jerseys in the town.

Mr McGuigan said:

" I have this morning been contacted by nationalist residents in Ahoghill who have woken this morning to find posters erected warning people not to wear GAA jerseys in the town.

" It seems that this is the latest stage in the unionist campaign to force all Catholics and nationalists from the town. Over the summer this campaign used pipe bombs, paint bombs and violence to force innocent people from their homes. It seems that this has now moved on to a poster campaign aimed at nationalists and in particular nationalist children and young people living in and visiting Ahoghill.

" Ahoghill is home to a successful GAA club and this campaign is clearly aimed at that club, its members and the wider nationalist community in the area. People in Ahoghill will wait now to hear the response of the local MP Ian Paisley who was of course very slow in coming forward to deal with the violent campaign over the summer months." ENDS

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