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Martin McGuinness visits Romanian families forced to flee from their homes in Belfast

17 June, 2009

Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness MP, MLA, this morning visited those Romanian families who were forced to flee their homes in south Belfast following racist attacks and intimidation.

Speaking from the o-zone leisure centre, where the families have fled to, Mr. McGuinness said;

“People are shocked and completely disgusted by this incident, I came here this morning to show very clearly my commitment to facing up to any form of intimidation in our community, no matter where it may come from.

I met with numerous families who are genuinely fearful for their lives and those of their families; I held a five day old baby girl in my arms today, she was born in Belfast and now forced to leave her home as a result of attacks by racist, criminal thugs.

We need strong, clear and decisive leadership, standing together against the elements in our society who think that these actions are justifiable in any shape or form.

For too long now other groups have been in the shadows espousing and justifying racist attacks. We need to see anyone with information on who is behind these attacks, and intimidation to bring it forward to the PSNI.

There must be a full and thorough investigation into the litany of racist attacks both in South Belfast and elsewhere and we must bring those responsible before the courts.” CRÍOCH

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