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Maskey comments on reports of racist attack in Belfast

17 February, 2004

South Belfast Sinn Féin Assembly member Alex Maskey has said that reports of a racist attack in the Botanic area last night would indicate that much work remains to be done despite recent publicity over the issue of racism in the city.

Mr Maskey said:

"In recent weeks there have been a number of initiatives taken to highlight the problem of racism within our society and the level of attacks taking place on ethnic minority communities. This included a well attended rally at the City Hall.

"It has been reported that a number of people were last night injured in a racist attack in the Botanic area. If this is the case then it shows that we all have much work still to do to get the message through to a small number of individuals that racism will not be tolerated and these sorts of attacks have to end.

"I would wish to extend my good wishes to the victims of last nights attack in Botanic and seek to reassure them that the vast majority of people within our society are committed to building an inclusive and tolerant city." ENDS

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