An online petition has been set up to stop refugees, including those fleeing war torn Syria and Iraq, arriving in Derry.
The petition was set-up by Louise Logan on www.Change.org on Sunday and has almost 600 supporters.
The name of the petition is ‘Stop Eamon [sic] McCann from bringing migrant’s [sic] into our town’.
People from Derry, Donegal, Tyrone and other parts of the North have supported Ms. Logan’s petition.
Anyone signing the petition is given the opportunity to leave a message explaining why they are supporting it. Many said they did so because they were afraid of Islamic terrorists targeting innocent people in Derry.
Supporters of the petition said they felt the need to support it in the wake of the terrorist attacks in Paris which left 129 people dead and hundreds more injured.
“Dont [sic] want dangerous people coming into our country with all the terrorist attacks happening around the world right now, would make me feel very unsafe,” said a Buncrana woman who signed the petition.
“In light of Paris and the on going Isis threat, close all borders,” said a man from Derry.
“I want to protect our people and minimise the risk that even 1 Eslamic [sic] terrorist out of every 1 thousand refugees gets in!!,” added another supporter of the petition.
Explaining the reasoning behind the petition, Ms. Logan wrote the following line on the website.
“Well I think we could stop migrants from coming into our town. Its [sic] to protect our people elderly and children.”
Eamonn McCann is a very well known veteran journalist and civil and human rights campaigner from Derry.
To view the petition click here.