A number of Alliance election posters have been illegally removed in Aghalee and Lisburn in recent days. The thefts in Aghalee occurred on the 17th April between 19:30 and 22:15 and in Lisburn between 17:00 and 23:30 on the 18th April.
Alliance Killultagh representative Jonathan McCrea condemned the actions of the thieves “Across Europe people are standing for a democratic election, erecting election posters, delivering leaflets and canvassing. Yet there are those in our society who are quite happy to openly defy the rule of law and illegally remove election posters. The removal of election posters is illegal, anti-democratic and both incidents have been reported to the PSNI.”
Downshire East Alliance representative Aaron McIntyre continued “There appears to be a concerted effort on the part of some individuals to remove Alliance posters. We are not suggesting any political party is explicitly involved in their removal, but clear patterns are emerging. The Alliance Party is committed to building a shared future and it is clear that those removing the posters view us as a threat to the tribal carve-up politics of ‘Orange’ and ‘Green’, which suit some political parties. We will not be deterred, intimidated or bullied, by those individuals who try to damage our campaign for a better Northern Ireland.”
Anyone with information regarding the theft of any election posters should contact the PSNI.