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Racism must be challenged in all its forms - O'Hara

19 June, 2014

Speaking at the unveiling of an anti-racism mural in west Belfast alongside Paul Maskey MP and representatives of ethnic minority communities, Councillor O'Hara said; 

"There can be no ifs, buts or howevers when it comes to racism. It is wrong and must be clearly and unequivocally condemned. 

"All of us in positions of civic and political responsibility have a duty to show leadership against racism and support for our ethnic minority communities. 

"Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness has demonstrated genuine leadership in opposing racism and facing down intolerance. 

"It is incumbent on all those in positions of leadership, whatever party they represent, to do the same.

"There can be no room for equivocation or providing cover for intolerance. 

"The vast majority of people across Belfast and indeed throughout Ireland reject racism. 

"Sinn Féin stands shoulder to shoulder with our ethnic minority communities and Belfast has been enriched by their contribution to our society. 

"Sectarianism has blighted Belfast for many years. As we strive to leave that in the past it must not be replaced with racism.

"Racism demeans us all but when we stand together to challenge those who attempt to excuse it then we ensure victims of racism know they are not alone and that equality, inclusivity and diversity will prevail."

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