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Graffiti on an Actor in Portrush is Being Regarded as a Hate Crime, according to James Nesbitt
The graffiti that targets actor James Nesbitt is being investigated by the police as a possible hate crime. On a wall located on Bushmills Road in Portrush, County Londonderry, the graffiti had a phrase that mentioned the actor and had a crosshair painted next to it. The graffiti was written in black marker.
Politicians have voiced their disapproval of the message, characterizing it as an intimidation tactic and an attempt to restrict debate. This news comes just a few weeks after Mr. Nesbitt spoke at a meeting in Dublin about the possibility of a united Ireland.
Gregory Campbell, a politician affiliated with the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), stated: “Jimmy Nesbitt is a native son who has made significant contributions to the community in which he was raised. The Member of Parliament for East Londonderry, in whose area the offensive graffiti was sprayed, demanded that those responsible for the vandalism put an end to their actions.
“Their actions are immoral and should be criticized as a result. “I disagree with Mr. Nesbitt’s viewpoint on the future of Northern Ireland on a basic level, but he has every right to voice his political views in whatever arena he chooses.” ‘Absolutely disgraceful'”I fully condemn this attack on James Nesbitt even though I profoundly disagree with him,” Dame Arlene Foster, a former First Minister of Northern Ireland, said in a tweet: “I totally condemn this attack on James Nesbitt.”
East Londonderry Sinn Féin assembly member Caoimhe Archibald termed the graffiti a “sinister effort to muzzle debate,” and she demanded that whoever was responsible for it be held accountable for their actions. Cara Hunter, a member of the SDLP who also serves as a representative for the constituency, referred to the graffiti as “totally terrible.”
She went on to say that people had a “complete entitlement” to their own beliefs and should not be threatened or intimidated for holding them. The graffiti is believed to have been scrawled on the wall some time between 17:00 and 19:30 British Summer Time (BST) on Tuesday and Wednesday respectively.
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