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Sinn Féin slams North Belfast sectarian attack

17 November, 2003

Sinn Féin candidate for North Belfast, Gerry Kelly, has slammed the sectarian attack on a north Belfast nationalist. The attack occurred on the Shore Road as the man was coming home from the Boundary Bar in Bawnmore and has left him with severe head and facial injuries.

Speaking today Mr Kelly said:

"This is an unprovoked, unjustified sectarian attack. This is a very serious incident and we are extremely lucky that we are not dealing with the killing of another nationalist at the hands of loyalists.

"I am calling for calm in the light of this attack and urge extreme vigilance. In the past three months, despite relative calm at some interface areas, loyalist violence has persisted with over 180 separate attacks. This does not account however for the nightly attacks and harassment that occur which largely goes unreported.

"I am also calling on a strong voice from within unionism to come and stand against these attacks. There is an onus on all political parties, but especially unionists, to use what ever influence they have, such as their place within the Loyalist Commission, to bring these attacks to an end once and for all." ENDS

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