Community worker slams ‘Nazi tactics’

Creggan community activist Sean McMonagle pictured on his graduation. (1506MM10)
Creggan community activist Sean McMonagle pictured on his graduation. (1506MM10)

A Creggan community worker targeted in a ‘vicious’ graffiti campaign across the city has likened those behind the abuse to ‘Nazis.’

A Creggan community worker targeted in a ‘vicious’ graffiti campaign across the city has likened those behind the abuse to ‘Nazis.’

Sean McMonagle, of the Triax Neighbourhood Partnership, believes dissident republicans and “self appointed vigilantes” are behind the slogans.

Writing in today’s ‘Journal’, Mr. McMonagle says that, in recent years, he has found himself the “target of vicious personal abuse.”

“The reasons behind this seem to be - I am a member of Sinn Féin, I am a community worker, and I consistently stand up for my community and the peace process.

“This places me in a direct collision course with those who are anti-republican, anti-peace process and who do not wish to see our community move forward - in particular, the armed micro-groups who enforce their presence in the area.

“The attacks have, in recent weeks, reached a particular point of vindictiveness and viciousness, more resembling sectarian or racist hatred and much of it reminiscent of Nazi tactics against the Jews.”

He says he’s also been targeted by “whispering campaigns”, “anonymous slogan writers” and “internet warriors.”

The community worker says that, until now, he has “shrugged off” much of the abuse but is now increasingly concerned for the welfare of his family.

“My children are at the age were they, too, can read, hear things on the street and are active on social networking sites.The impact of this poison extends beyond myself and has a very unsettling impact on my family. It is not a pleasant situation and it is no less emotionally traumatic than for a child caught up in a house search or a stop-and-search situation... the trauma for them is very real.”

Mr. McMonagle says that, in spite of the “vilification”, he will continue to “work positively to improve the lives of people in Creggan.”

“I will continue my work as a community worker in Creggan in the knowledge that I have the support of that community and that is what is important to me.”

Story in full in today’s Derry Journal