Two Alliance councillors in Bangor, Northern Ireland have spoken of their shock after their front window was smashed following a controversial vote on future of the Union flag at Belfast City Council.
Michael and Christine Bower say they are worried for the safety of the 17-month-old daughter after vandals smashed their front window with a paint bomb.
Belfast East MP Naomi Long has had to leave her home following a death threat.
The Alliance party of Northern Ireland is an official “sister party” of the Liberal Democrats. We’d like to express our solidarity with and sympathy for Michael and Christine, and the rest of the Alliance party.
Alliance activist Stephen Donnan wrote an article for the Belfast Evening Telegraph which conveys the shock, raw emotion and dignity with which the Party is coping with the mindless thuggery to which they are being subjected.
I understand and I encourage protest, that is how democracy works, as long as it is peaceful. Intimidating our Councillors into leaving their homes, burning down the offices of our MLAs and Ministers and sending sectarian abuse over Twitter to our supporters is not ‘engaging in the debate’, it’s mob mentality.
This is not a protest, this is criminality and barbarism. You just lost the argument.
Many Liberal Democrats have already either joined or donated to the Alliance Party in a show of solidarity. If you would like to join them, you can do so here.