ELECTION CANDIDATE SUBJECTED TO RACIST ABUSE IN MONAGHAN TOWN

16 May 2014 No Comments by The Northern Standard

By Veronica Corr

A Lithuanian Green Party Local Election candidate, Grazvydas “Grady” Vaitekunas, told The Northern Standard this week that he was subjected to a verbal racist attack in Monaghan Town on Thursday evening last, May 8th, when he was erecting his campaign posters.

He said he had just hung one of his twenty signs up on the Glen Road, which is where Monaghan County Council headquarters in located, when a man approached his car and knocked on the window.

Grady, as he is known locally, rolled down the window and the individual who was not known to him said the following: “Those posters are going to be down by midnight, we don’t need foreigners in this country.”
Not wishing to get into a conflict Mr. Vaitekunas did not respond, so he rolled up the window and drove away.

However, the next morning he was intrigued to see if his signs were still standing. When he reached Glen Road he saw that his poster on the council office side was thrown in the grass and another on the opposite side of the road had been vandalised with paint.

The poster which was destroyed by paint was the first one Mr. Vaitekunas had erected. It was also the one at which the altercation had happened the night before.

The Green Party candidate said that while he was a little shaken by the incident, it would not deter him from running in the election.
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