Leadership needed to end racist attacks - McCann
Sinn Féin MLA Jennifer McCann has called for civic and political leaders and the police to do more to end the recent spate of racist attacks in Belfast.
The Junior Minister made her call after attending a meeting in Belfast City Hall to discuss an alarming increase in racially motivated attacks against Eastern European families in the city.
Representatives of churches, community groups and the PSNI attended the meeting.
Ms McCann welcomed the initiative and said it sends out a clear message that racism has no place in society.
"The recent spate of racist attacks right across Belfast is alarming," said Jennifer McCann.
"These attacks are despicable and the community needs to come together to bring this campaign of hatred to an end.
"I am also calling on the PSNI to be more proactive in pursuing the people behind these attacks.
"It's widely believed that members of the UVF are driving this campaign of intimidation.
"Political, civic and community leaders and the police must do all in their power to bring these attacks to an end before someone is killed or seriously injured." ENDS/CRÍOCH