Sinn Féin MLA Jennifer McCann said political leaders must stand together against the blight of racism in our society.
The Junior Minister in the Office of the First and Deputy First Minister was speaking after attending today’s anti-racism rally at Belfast City Hall.
Jennifer McCann said:
“There was a great turn-out at today’s rally from a wide spectrum of political opinion.
“I congratulate all those who turned up to show their support and solidarity for our ethnic minority communities. The abuse targeted at the Muslim community this week was shameful.
“I joined a strong Sinn Féin contingent of our Belfast city councillors, MLAs and West Belfast MP Paul Maskey at the demonstration.
“We felt it was vital to show our brothers and sisters from ethnic communities that we will stand four square with them against racist attacks and abuse.
“There is a clear need for united political leadership on this issue. No one should be providing any cover for the racists.
“This is a multi-cultural society and everyone has a right to be treated with equality and respect.
“Racism in all its forms must be faced down and we have a responsibility to promote equality, tolerance and mutual respect.”