Sinn Féin MLA Gerry Kelly said last night’s attack on the home of two Pakistani men in North Belfast was ‘cowardly and shameful’.
The North Belfast MLA said:
“The PSNI is treating last night’s cowardly attack on the men’s home in Parkmount Street as a hate crime.
“It’s vital that political leaders right across the community stand up against those involved in hate crime whether those crimes are sectarian or racist in character.
“People should be able to get on with their lives free from fear and intimidation.
“This incident is the latest in a spate of racist attacks in the city.
“It also comes in the wake of offensive comments made against the Muslim community.
“Martin McGuinness has given a lead in standing up against racist attacks over recent weeks.
“It’s imperative the First Minister stands shoulder to shoulder with him in sending out the clearest signal yet that there is no place for racial intolerance in this society.” ENDS/CRÍOCH