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Catholic man hospitalised after sectarian attack in Ballymena‏

8 May, 2008

North Antrim Sinn Féin MLA Daithí McKay has condemned last night's sectarian attack on a Catholic man in Ballymena. Mr McKay was speaking after a young man was hospitalised following an attack on the Doury Road in the town.

Mr McKay said:

"It is quite clear that sectarianism remains a major issue in Ballymena and this young man could have lost his life as a direct result of this.

"There has been sterling work carried out by the civic community in Ballymena over recent years to combat sectarianism but there needs to be more political leadership - on all sides.

"From 2005-07 there were 275 sectarian attacks in Ballymena and 294 people were informed by the PSNI that their lives were under threat.

"Politicians cannot continue to put their heads in the sand when it comes to these statistics and the gang attacks which are carried out in this town. Those involved in this activity are thugs and we must work toward a situation where these people, their sectarian attacks and their sectarian attitudes have no credibility or support within their community." ENDS

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