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Alex Maskey calls Rental sign "Racist and Unacceptable."

12 August, 2008 - by Alex Maskey

Sinn Fein's Alex Maskey, MLA, for South Belfast and Policing Board member, has called the posting of a sign on a house in Donegal Road, which indicates that the house is not available to rent to "foreigners", as "Racist" and "Unacceptable".

"I totally condemn this action by a local landlord, which in my view is racist and therefore unacceptable. Landlords and the business community, as well as public figures need to condemn this shocking action by an individual landlord."

"Intolerance cannot and will not be accepted by this community, and I know that the people of the Donegal road do not condone this, and I applaud the community activists from the Greater Village Regeneration Trust for condemning this incident. This should send a strong message to those in our community that seek to damage community relations, and to engage in forms of discrimination."

"New communities in Belfast play a valuable part in our city's economic and social life, and bring with them cultural traditions and languages which add to the rich and diverse nature of the new Belfast. We welcome the new communities to Belfast and must do everything in our power to ensure that they receive equal treatment."ENDS

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