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Kingsmill Memorial attacked

Tuesday, 31 July 2018

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THE brother of one of the men killed at the Kingsmill Massacre has "put the blame squarely at the feet of Sinn Fein/IRA" after an Irish tricolour was nailed to the memorial.
Colin Worton, whose brother Kenneth was murdered during the 1976 atrocity, was speaking after police discovered damage to the Kingsmill Memorial early yesterday morning (Monday), as the flag was draped across it and a flower pot was damaged.
“They [Sinn Fein] honour terrorists and glorify their past," said Mr Worton. "The worse the atrocities were the greater the praise seems to be.
“Sinn Fein/IRA want their republican supporters to do likewise and keep the memory alive, so by mindlessly attacking the Kingsmill monument these cowards are continuing to honour what happened on January 5, 1976.
“Until evil is condemned out rightly by every decent human being these sick events will still take place."
Ulster Unionist Councillor David Taylor described the latest attack on the Kingsmill Memorial as "truly horrifying".
The Slieve Gullion representative added that he was appalled by the "sickening attack" and that his thoughts are with the relatives of the Kingsmill victims.
“The Kingsmills families have suffered enough anguish and pain over the last 42 years and it is clear that the perpetrators of this heinous crime have sought to further compound their heartache by carrying out such an action," he continued
“It is truly horrifying that an incident so sinister in nature has taken place at the Kingsmill Memorial. Unfortunately, however, this is not the first time that an attack has taken place at the site.
“My thoughts first and foremost are with the Kingsmill families who are understandably very distressed at this attack on the memorial.
“They should not have to contend with such despicable behaviour from those with a very obviously cruel and sectarian mind-set.
“I would appeal to anyone with information to report it to the police. There is no possible defence or justification for this.
“The individuals who perpetrated this shocking crime must be brought to justice."
South Armagh Victims Campaigner Willie Frazer added that this attack represents the intimidation "still suffered by unionists" in south Armagh.
“Is this the United Ireland that Sinn Fein have to offer?" asked Mr Frazer. "Is this the equality Protestants can come to expect, memorials desecrated and the memory of our loved ones tarnished?
“Unfortunately, I am not surprised or shocked by the mentality of those who carried out this attack, it represents the intimidation still suffered by unionists in south Armagh on a daily basis.
“All right thinking people must condemn this attack, there is no place for such idiotic and thuggish behaviour in society, those who continue such actions, are seeking."
Meanwhile, Sinn Féin's Newry and Armagh MLA Megan Fearon condemned those responsible for the attack.
“This was a despicable act designed to hurt the families of the victims," she said. "And those who placed a national flag on the Kingsmill monument clearly have no respect for the meaning of that flag which is about peace and harmony between the main traditions on this island.
“There is absolutely no place in our society for desecrations of monuments which commemorate those who died during the conflict.
“Monuments and memorials are important places in communities and should be respected.
“I would encourage anyone with any information about who was responsible for this disgraceful act to contact the PSNI."
Police are treating the incident as a sectarian motivated hate crime and are appealing for anyone who witnessed the attack or who noticed any unusual activity in the area to contact police at Newtownhamilton Police Station on 101 quoting reference 246 30/07/18.
Alternatively, information can also be provided to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 which is 100% anonymous and gives people the power to speak up and stop crime.

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