People before Profit canvassers attacked in Derry

A team of canvassers for the People Before Profit Alliance have been attacked in the Nelson Drive area of Derry.

Assembly candidate Eamonn McCann , and local council hopefuls Diane Greer and Davy McAuley were among those attacked.

Police say one man was assaulted after a group of males aged approx 25-30 years old threw stones and approached him as he canvassed in the area. He was taken to hospital with minor injuries.

The incident happened around 3:30pm on Monday.

Davy McAuley, the Waterside Council candidate, says the canvassing team were badly shaken by the attack.

“The attackers in no way represent the people of Nelson Drive, many of whom came out to make sure we were okay.

“We stand neither for Orange or Green, we do not want to see another generation blighted by sectarian bigotry and ghettoised the way previous generations have been.”

He says he will happily “meet with those who hurled bricks and shouted sectarian abuse at us today, they may be surprised at how much we have in common.”

“I myself am from a Loyalist area, our canvassing team was mixed and diverse. We want the best for Nelson Drive, with better facilities for the young people of the area, we want to see investment in communities and a better future for all.”