GRAFFITI CONTRO IL PAPA A RASHARKIN
Vandalizzata con graffiti a sfondo settario sede del GAA club
Non è la prima volta che il GAA club di Rasharkin subisce un attacco. Il precedente risale alla fine del 2009 quando venne versagliato più volte da bombe-vernice e imbrattato da scritte inneggianti l’UDA.
Domenica notte pareti e i cancelli del St Mary’s GAC in Townhill Road, sono stati imbrattati con imprecazioni definite “disgustose” da Daithí McKay, Sinn Fein.
“Coloro che hanno condotto gli attacchi utilizzati imprecazioni, utilizzati riferimenti settario e fatto un vero pasticcio”.
“Il muro stesso è coperto da graffiti, alcuni dei quali con riferimenti al Papa, e altri alla Real IRA, con un linguaggio generalmente disgustoso”.
Daithí McKay non ha dubbi sulla natura dell’attacco: “A mio parere, è chiaramente uno sforzo per cercare di fomentare la tensione in vista della sfilata per le vie del paese venerdì”, da quì l’invito a tutta la comunità a non reagire ad eventuali provocazioni.
Graffiti attack on Rasharkin GAA (U TV)
A GAA club in Rasharkin has been vandalised with sectarian graffiti in an overnight attack, a police spokesperson has confirmed.
Expletives were daubed on the walls and gates of St Mary’s GAC at the Townhill Road on the outskirts of the village.
North Antrim Sinn Féin MLA Daithí McKay has branded the attack “disgusting”.
“Those who carried out the attacks used expletives, used sectarian references and made an entire mess,” he told UTV.
“The wall itself is covered with graffiti, some with references to the Pope, some with references to the Real IRA, just generally disgusting language.”
Last week the Parades Commisson restricted an upcoing loyalist march through the village.
The Ballymaconnelly Sons of Conquerors Flute band, due to march through Rasharkin on Friday 20 August, has been banned from walking the return leg.
It will proceed only to the junction of Main Street and Bridge Street.
Daithí McKay said he believes the attack on the GAA club on Sunday night is an attempt to intimidate people in the area ahead of the march.
“In my opinion it is quite clearly an effort to try and stir up tension ahead of the parade through the village on Friday,” he continued.
“We don’t want to see any attacks in response. People are sick, sore and tired of Rasharkin being in the news for the wrong reasons.
“I would appeal for people in the area to be vigilant in the run-up to that parade.”
The building was previously attacked in late 2009. In a spate of incidents paint was thrown over one of the gates and the words “UDA Ha done again” were sprayed on a wall.
Police are investigating the latest incident, which they say is being treated as sectarian.