Thousands of festive leaflets marked return to sender
POSTAL workers in Liverpool are refusing to deliver thousands of “festive” leaflets issued by the hated Sun newspaper in a continuing boycott by the city over the paper’s coverage of Hillsborough.
Boxes of leaflets bearing the words “Happy Christmas from the Sun” arrived at Merseyside sorting offices — but staff refused to even open them.
A spokesman for postal workers’ union CWU said: “As soon as the boxes came in, our members raised the alarm and told the union.
“Our members believe it is an insult to the city of Liverpool for the Sun to have tried to get these delivered here.
“This was a unanimous decision by postal workers all over the city — it was a surprise that they turned up on Merseyside.”
The spokesman added that the offending leaflets will not be delivered and will be sent back.
The posties’ action is the latest in the city’s 28-year boycott of the Sun after the 1989 Hillsborough football stadium disaster in which 96 Liverpool fans were killed.
In a shocking front page article, the Murdoch hate rag blamed the fans for the disaster.
It accused them of being drunk, of causing the crush which led to a stampede, and stealing possessions from dead bodies.
Liverpudlians reacted furiously to the lies and launched a boycott of the paper.
The boycott had a devastating effect on Sun sales in Merseyside, reportedly costing the paper millions of pounds.
It maintained momentum alongside a determined 23-year campaign for a public inquiry into the disaster by families and friends of the victims.
An inquiry by the Hillsborough Independent Panel led to a new inquest into the deaths returning a finding that the fans were “unlawfully killed,” overturning an original verdict of “accidental death.”
The verdict was followed by the prosecution of some of the officers involved in policing the game at Sheffield Hillsborough stadium.
In February this year, Liverpool Football Club banned Sun reporters from its ground.
At Liverpool matches fans carry banners stating “Total eclipse of the S*n” — they will not even use the paper’s name.