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Sinn Féin slams UDA death threats

6 April, 2004

Sinn Féin Councillor for Castle Ward, Danny Lavery, has slammed the UDA death threats against a young Catholic family living in the Graymount area of North Belfast. The warning was passed to the family by the PSNI stating that it was from the UDA and that the family had to leave the area.

Speaking today Cllr Lavery said:

"These threats, at the start of the marching season, are another indication that the UDA are attempting to raise tensions in north Belfast and beyond.

This is an organisation that is supposedly on ceasefire yet once again we see them issuing death threats against nationalist living in vulnerable areas. It has left this young family shaken and extremely upset.

"Graymount has seen, during the past two years, over 90 Catholics having to leave the area due to loyalist threats and harassment. It is totally unacceptable and must stop immediately.

"I am calling on loyalist and unionist representatives to use whatever influence they have in order to put an end to this threats. They cannot stand idly by, saying nothing as nationalists are forced from their homes by unionist paramilitaries." ENDS

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