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Trimble Challenged over intimidation of Catholics in Sandy Row

29 April, 2004


Sinn Féin Assembly member Alex Maskey has called on the UUP leader David Trimble to immediately clarify his party's position regarding the intimidation of Catholics from their homes in the Village area. Mr Maskey's remarks come after UUP Councillor Bob Stoker said that Catholics should not be living in the area and that Catholics living in the area should leave or 'suffer the consequences'.

Cllr. Maskey said:

" Bob Stoker's remarks in my opinion touch on incitement to hatred. There can be no justification for attacks and intimidation of the kind witnessed in the Village area. Catholics have as much right to live in the Village area as anyone else.

" The ongoing intimidation and the protest last night raises serious questions about the role of the UUP in all of this. Is the justification of attacks on Catholics and the intimidation of people from their homes UUP policy? Does David Trimble support the ongoing activities in this area? We need to hear a clear answer from Mr. Trimble as UUP leader.

" The UUP are very good at lecturing republicans and others about democracy and peace. Yet they see no contradiction in justifying and encouraging intimidation and violence against vulnerable Catholics. If any other party was engaged in such activity there would be a media outcry." ENDS

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