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Maskey seeks meeting over Racist Attacks

5 January, 2004

South Belfast Sinn Fein Assembly member Alex Maskey has said that he is seeking urgent meetings with the British security minister Jane Kennedy to discuss the ongoing campaign against ethnic minorities in the area. Mr Maskey's comments come after an arson atack on two houses previously used by members of the ethnic minority community.

Mr Maskey said:

"It is very clear that there is now a campaign in loyalist areas of South Belfast to drive members of the ethnic minorit community out. Over christmas in the Donegal Road area we witnessed two serious assaults and last night two arson attacks.

"Jane Kennedy has a responsibility here. So far we have heard nothing from her on this issue or seen no decisive action from her department. If this situation is not tackled then it is very clear that the people behind this campiagn of intimidation and violence will not stop until someone is killed." ENDS

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