Concern at serious North Belfast sectarian attack
Sinn Féin North Belfast MLA Carál Ní Chuilín has said that last night's serious sectarian attack on a young man walking home from the Docks area in North Belfast is heightening tension in the area.
The attack follows an incident at the weekend where two teenagers were attacked by a gang from the Tiger's Bay area as they left a fast food outlet in North Belfast.
Ms Ní Chuilín said:
"There are serious concerns about the increase in sectarian attacks in the area. This young man is lucky to be alive after this vicious sectarian attack. This follows another attack at the weekend where two teenagers were attacked by a gang from the Tiger's bay area.
"These sectarian attacks undermine community relations particularly in the middle of the Loyalist marching season when local people already feel under severe strain because of the high volume of Loyalist demonstrations across North Belfast.
"I want to appeal directly to political unionism to condemn these sectarian attacks and provide leadership on the ground. I also want to call for calm in the face of these attacks." ENDS