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Loyalists accused of stoking up tension ahead of marching season

9 April, 2004

Sinn Féin North Belfast councillor Carál Ní Chuilín has accused Loyalist paramilitaries of stoking up tensions ahead of the marching season after the latest in a series of suspect devices planted by Loyalists in North Belfast caused traffic chaos in the Carlisle Circus area.

Cllr Ní Chuilín said:

"The UDA is responsible for the vast majority of Loyalist activity in the North Belfast. Despite fine words indicating that the organisation is on ceasefire the evidence on the ground in North Belfast would indicate that the organisation is still very active.

"We have had a series of devices left throughout North Belfast since the start of the year and we have had ongoing attacks and intimidation.

"This latest round of traffic chaos only serves to stoke up tensions ahead of the marching season.

"Unionist politicians and civic and church leaders need use their influence as a matter of urgency to tackle this problem.

"Loyalists seem intent on creating chaos and a continuing with a widespread campaign of intimidation throughout North Belfast. This is unacceptable." ENDS

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