Sinn Féin MLA Gerry Kelly has stated that the ongoing protests violence and intimidation must end now before somebody is killed.
Speaking tonight Mr Kelly said:
“These protests over the democratic decision taken by Belfast City Council need to end now before somebody is killed.
“For the past week we have seen intimidation, rioting, road blockages and attacks on elected representatives homes and offices.
“Last night 15 masked men attacked a PSNI car throwing a petrol bomb into the vehicle while the PSNI officers were still inside and a bar in Armagh was attacked, windows smashed and fireworks thrown inside. This is completely unjustifiable..
“We have also had thousands of Belfast commuters and Christmas shoppers stuck in gridlock at rush hour. There were 43 illegal protests last night alone with some once again turning into violence.
“It is clear that the ongoing protests are being used as cover by loyalist paramilitaries to intimidate those who do not agree with the democratic will of those elected to Belfast Council.
“There is also a concern the paramilitaries are moving these protest ever closer to interfaces.
“They must end. There can be no more excuses. Unionist politicians and community representatives must use all of their influence to see that they are brought to an end.”