Arson attack was meant to kill. Last night the home and car of SDLP MLA, Eugene McMenamin was doused in petrol before an ignited stick with petrol soaked rag was thrown at his home. His election agent, SDLP Vice-Chair Eddie Espie, has called on all democrats to rally around Eugene McMenamin following the latest in a spate of attacks on his home and family in Strabane.
He said: “We have got to move on from ritual condemnations and realise that what is happening is an attack, not only on Eugene McMenamin but on democracy and all democrats. This latest arson attack in which his family was subjected to was insult to the electorate in West Tyrone and across the North. It is the culmination of a planned political campaign”.
”Those of us who have been subjected to this type of political persecution find it deeply offensive when the attacks are described in some quarters as a form of advanced hooliganism. The hooded heroes who sprayed petrol on Eugene McMenamin,s car and home before igniting it, were acting on political motives”. “Quite simply, they are trying to make it impossible for Eugene to carry out his democratic responsibilities". "
It is time for all democrats to rally around and put a stop to this type of persecution and to the political demonisation which creates the poisoned atmosphere in which it breeds. There has got to be a clear and unambiguous dividing line between the democrats and the hoax-bombers and sprayers of noxious inflammable liquids”.
Tuesday, November 08, 2005
Posted by Parnell at 10:45 a.m.