Press Release from Mothers and Fathers Matter
NO Campaign slams “Criminal, Anti-Democratic” actions of yes campaigners
Poster removal, intimidation, a campaign of fear
Mothers and Fathers matter has today issued the following statement in response to numerous reports of organised removal of “vote NO” posters in Dublin and elsewhere:
“Each morning of this week, Twitter and other social media sites have been full of YES campaigners bragging, and posting photographs of themselves taking down posters belonging to the Mothers and Fathers matter campaign.
This morning, the latest example of this has appeared on broadsheet.ie:
It is with great regret that we have taken the decision to forward all of these materials, tweets, facebook posts and so on to An Garda Siochána.
There is very clearly a significant element of the YES side that either fears or opposes debate on this referendum. Instead, they are engaged in a campaign of harassment, intimidation, and criminality.
Just this week, for example, a Polish-Irish volunteer for Mothers and Fathers Matter was told to “go home to his own country” when erecting NO campaign posters.
We condemn this behaviour in the strongest possible terms, and call on the leaders of the YES campaign to join us in doing so urgently.
Our canvass returns show us that there are a significant number of people simply afraid to admit how they will vote in this referendum for fear of the reaction of YES campaigners. The issue comes up on the doorstep time and time again.
We would like to take this opportunity to remind the Irish people that the referendum in May will be conducted by secret ballot, and that all the intimidation and thuggery on earth cannot change the privacy of the ballot box”.
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