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Anti-Muslim leaflets left on cars in Lisburn condemned

The leaflets claim to be from far-right group Ulster Awake
Staff Reporter

ANTI-Muslim and anti-immigration leaflets placed on car windscreens at a Lisburn shopping centre have been condemned by the city's deputy mayor.

Dozens of leaflets claiming to be from far-right group Ulster Awake were left on cars on Saturday afternoon outside Bow Street Mall.

The leaflets criticise Muslims, making reference to jihad and terror attacks in Madrid, London, Paris and Nice.

The material refers to the "insanity of mass immigration", claiming it is being used as a weapon to "destroy the nation states of Europe".

Lisburn deputy mayor Stephen Martin said the leaflets contained false information in a bid to cause fear and division.

"Everyone is entitled to express their point of view but when a group pretends to defend us all by spreading outright lies intended to divide communities, it needs condemned in the strongest possible terms," he said.

"This propaganda needs continually challenged – nothing of what they have put into the public domain that actually stands up to scrutiny.

"These sorts of groups are only interested in whipping up unnecessary fear to further their own agenda."

The Alliance councillor described those behind the leaflets as "anonymous cowards" who must be challenged at every turn.

"Whoever wrote this offensive material won't even put their own names to their propaganda," he said.

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