20 August 2009 Edition

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Coleraine intimidation continues

Billy Leonard

Billy Leonard

Coleraine Sinn Féin Councillor Billy Leonard has spoken out at the ongoing intimidation of nationalists and republicans in the town, including witnesses to the murder of Kevin McDaid and injuring of Damian Fleming.
In the early hours of Tuesday morning two Catholic homes in the Heights area were attacked by people throwing bottles. In both cases they arrived by car and they knew exactly the homes they wanted to hit. Cllr. Leonard said:
“There are young children in these houses and they have obviously been frightened by the incidents.
“The community knows this is part of the ongoing intimidation campaign by loyalists who are obviously sending messages by their disgraceful actions.
“These incidents are but the latest. Kevin McDaid’s name has been cynically chanted by loyalists at the fringes of the Heights and Catholics have been subjected to verbal intimidation when simply in the town centre shopping. On some occasions witnesses “to Kevin’s murder have been singled out.
This intimidation must cease. In the space of two days I have been working with Catholics in Garvagh who had their business premises attacked and now have to deal with these Coleraine incidents. During it all there is silence from Unionist representatives.”

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