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‘Enemy of democracy’: Election candidate hits out after billboard vandalised again

"Those who have practically stripped clean Banbridge town of SF posters are the enemy of democracy."

An election billboard in Banbridge has been vandalised for the second time in less than a week.

The promotional piece for Sinn Fein’s John O’Dowd had previously been spattered with paint.

On this occasion parts of the poster materials have been ripped away, with election candidate John O’Dowd branding those responsible the “enemy of democracy”.

Last week, the Sinn Fein Upper Bann candidate reported to police online threats to damage the billboard.

And it was subsequently vandalised last week and now once again.

Said Mr O’Dowd: “Democracy is about allowing the people of Banbridge to decide who represents them.

“Those who have practically stripped clean Banbridge town of Sinn Fein posters are the enemy of democracy.

“This election is about hope, progress and real change.

“It’s about whether you support an extra £1bn for the health service to recruit more doctors and nurses and cut waiting lists.

“It is about electing a First Minister who will work to deliver for all people.

“Let the people decide.”

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