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de Brún concerned at violence and attacks on homes

29 March, 2009 - by Martina Anderson MEP

Sinn Féin MEP for the Six Counties Bairbre de Brún has expressed concern about attacks on the homes of Polish residents in Belfast yesterday and also about the city centre violence in the run up to yesterday’s football game.  Ms de Brún said,  “I am concerned at the attacks on homes of Polish residents in Belfast following yesterday’s football game. Those attacks are utterly wrong.  Polish people offer a great deal to our community and I know that people will be horrified to hear of these attacks.  “Those involved in yesterday’s trouble are in no way representative of the wider community and those from Poland who were involved in violence in the city centre do not represent the Polish community here in Ireland who contribute such a great deal to our society and to our economy.  “We must all stand together against the thuggish and reckless behaviour of those using a football match as cover for violence and destruction in the centre of Belfast.  No one should ever try to use such hooliganism to justify racially motivated attacks." CRÍOCH

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