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Attempts to intimidate Lisburn Councillor slams

21 August, 2003

Lagan Valley Sinn Fein Representative Councillor Paul Butler has said that fresh graffiti which has appeared both outside Lisburn Council Offices and in Dunmurry is 'a pathetic and crude attempt to intimidate him'.

Cllr. Butler said:

" Earlier this month the UDA threw a flammable device at my home. They have in the past sent a live bullet to me in the post and in recent weeks sectarian and offensive graffiti threatening me has appeared in Dunmurry.

" Yesterday fresh graffiti appeared in Dunmurry and also outside the Lisburn Council offices. Council staff removed this particular slogan shortly after it appeared.

" All of this is part of a fairly pathetic and crude attempt to intimidate me from continuing to speak out against these sectarian thugs and drug dealers. Neither myself or my Sinn Fein colleagues on Lisburn Council will allow unionist paramilitaries to intimidate us from representing our electorate.

" We will not be silenced by these sorts of tactics and we will continue our campaign to expose the sectarianism both inside Lisburn Council and on the streets of Dunmurry, Lisburn and elsewhere." ENDS

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