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Maskey concern at South Belfast Racist Attacks

21 December, 2003

Commenting on the attack on three families in the Sandy Row area last night, South Belfast Sinn Féin Representative Alex Maskey said that the motivation behnd them was 'purely racist'.

Mr Maskey said:

" These are not the first racist attacks to take place in the Sandy Row area. Over recent times there has been a series of such attacks. There is a clear onus on the political leadership of unionism to make it very clear that they do not support racist attacks and that they support the right of ethnic minorities to live here in peace.

" In other areas, particularly in Craigavon, the comments of unionist politicians have been used by a variety of racist grouos to justify their activities.

" There is also a real need for proper support networks to be put in place to help families who fall victim to this sort of racist violence in the future." ENDS

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