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sinister message Irish Sea border posters 'threatening violence' blasted by politicians

The posters have appeared in the Co Down village of Kilkeel

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The poster appeared in the County Down village of Kilkeel

The poster appeared in the County Down village of Kilkeel

The poster appeared in the County Down village of Kilkeel

The PSNI are investigating after a poster was erected in the Co Down village of Kilkeel by those opposed to an Irish Sea border showing an armed man in a balaclava.

A threatening message on the sign reads, 'Our forefathers fought for our freedom and rights – no border in the sea or we continue the fight'.

The poster appeared on a lamppost near Kilkeel leisure centre, in the Mourne Esplanade area.

Many other protest posters and banners have appeared around Northern Ireland in recent weeks demanding an end to the Northern Ireland protocol.

It is understood several of the posters were erected around the Kilkeel area.

The posters have been condemned by both Sinn Fein and Unionist politicians.

Harold McKee of the Ulster Unionist party, speaking over growing Unionist and loyalist anger surrounding the border protocol, said: "There's no need for anything threatening because there's other means to deal with it.

"As far as I'm concerned, the people who feel they can sort this whole issue out by a balaclava have not grown up in the real world.

"They didn't grow up during the Troubles when most of us have experienced bad times.

"None of them have carried a coffin of a loved on their shoulders as a result of the Troubles so they have no idea what they're asking for here."

DUP councillor, Glyn Hanna, said he condemned the erection of the posters "without reservation".

Independent, Henry Reilly, said that even though he is opposed to the Irish Sea border, he does not support anyone "inciting violence like seen in this poster".

Sinn Fein MLA, Sinead Ennis, said the posters "display a clear threat of violence and should be removed".

She added: "We need to see leadership from within Unionism, particularly within the DUP, coming out and condemning the sinister posters and the threat they contain.

"There can be no succour given to those who would make threats or use violence."

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