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Protest attack a sickening development – Parker

16 June, 2009

Sinn Féin Representative for the Balmoral area and south Belfast DPP member Vincent Parker has condemned those responsible for attacking an anti-racism protest in the Lisburn Road area last night.

Speaking after he attended the rally Mr. Parker said;

“Firstly I want to condemn this incident outright and send my solidarity to those families who have been attacked over recent times.

The latest PSNI figures (figures presented at last weeks DPP meeting) show a huge increase in racist hate crime over the past 3 months in south Belfast, but more worryingly, the clearance rate is only 9.9%.

This has dropped from 16.7%, this time last year, which is also too low. The PSNI must catch and prosecute those involved in racist hate crime, and with a clearance rate of 9.9%, confidence in their ability to do so is very low. Its not good enough and must be improved

It is important and welcome that communities are standing up to and playing their part in facing down racism, however this cannot be in isolation. The PSNI and other key statutory agencies must do everything they can to support the victims of these attacks and work to create a racism free south Belfast.” CRÍOCH

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