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Sinn Féin candidate says burning of election posters 'despicable'

Joe Duffy branded the burning of his election posters as "despicable"

A SINN Féin council candidate has branded the burning of one of his election posters as "despicable" and an attack on the democratic process.

Joe Duffy, a Lisburn and Castlereagh council candidate, said a resident contacted him on Tuesday night about his election poster being set alight in the Cutts area.

"This is a blatant attack on the democratic process and those behind this despicable act will fail," he said.

Mr Duffy said the party would "not be silenced by these attacks", and vowed to continue promoting "our message of equality, rights and Irish unity".

It is the latest incident of election posters being targeted.

The sectarian slur KAT (kill all taigs) and crosshairs were recently daubed on the posters of Sinn Féin councillor Brenda Chivers in Limavady.

Last month, Alliance candidate Noel Williams said some of his posters in Carrickfergus were removed from lampposts before being ripped up and replaced with flags.

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