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Left candidate attacked on campaign trail in Northern Ireland 

Hannah Kenny was attacked and made to endure misogynistic and sectarian abuse while she was out campaigning
People Before Profit activists campaigners

Hannah Kenny and other People Before Profit campaigners canvassing in East Belfast (pic: East Belfast PBP)

Hannah Kenny, a People Before Profit candidate in this week’s Northern Ireland election, has spoken of her terrifying” ordeal in east Belfast in which she was assaulted, threatened and abused by three men.

One of the men grabbed her by the throat and told her in graphic detail what he would do to her if she returned to the area.

She said she was “subjected to a terrifying ordeal which was sectarian and misogynistic in nature”. She added, “I am deeply distressed by the level of aggression shown towards me for simply delivering election material.”

People Before Profit said, “Our message is that these minority of bullies do not represent the people of east Belfast, or any area.

“People Before Profit are standing in all quarters of Belfast to offer a progressive alternative to division, we won’t allow intimidation to deter us from doing that.”


Israeli cops attack Al Aqsa mosque 

Israeli forces stormed the Al Aqsa mosque in the Palestinian city of Jerusalem on Friday of last week—the latest in a series of attacks. Riot cops threw stun grenades and tear gas at Palestinians defending the site of the mosque with rocks and fireworks.  At least 42 Palestinians were injured.

The raids come as Israeli settler groups made repeated attempts to enter the mosque. The groups, backed by the Israeli state, want to push Palestinians out of Jerusalem. Al Aqsa is a symbol of Palestinians’ fight to live freely in their own city. Similar attacks on the mosque last year sparked a wave of revolt across all of Palestine.

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