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Sinn Féin election canvassers attacked

22 November, 2003


South Belfast Sinn Féin Representative Alex Maskey has accused anti-Agreement loyalists of being behind a vicious attack on one of his canvass teams this afternoon in the Cairnshill area.

Mr. Maskey said:

"This afternoon one of my canvass teams working in the Cairnshill area close to Forestside Shopping centre was attacked by a large crowd of loyalists who arrived at the scene in cars. A mini bus was severely damaged and a number of my election team were hurt.

"Sinn Féin will not be put off by these bullyboy tactics. This sort of incident is evidence that anti-agreement unionists fear the Sinn Féin agenda of change. We will continue bringing this message to homes across the six counties. There are no no-go areas for Sinn Féin in this campaign.

"The response on the doorstep has been fantastic and I am sure that the electorate will give their answer to these anti-Agreement thugs at the ballot box this week. I also look forward to hearing what those parties who represent this anti-Agreement fringe have to say about the resort to this type of intimidation and violence." ENDS

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