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Sinn Féin express serious concerns following film set attack on young people

10 January, 2012 - by Alex Maskey

Sinn Féin representatives Alex Maskey MLA and Cllr Niall Ó Donnghaile have expressed serious concern following reports of a sectarian attack on young people from the Short Strand area who were taking part as extras on a film set in the Village of south Belfast on Friday.

Mr Maskey said;

"Our constituency office has received several reports of a vicious, sectarian attack on young people from the Short Strand while they were filming in the Village area of south Belfast on Friday evening.

“This of course presents serious concerns for community relations and safety issues in that part of the city - many of us have spent the last number years working hard to establish far better community relations in the area and we know that this attack is not representative of where the community in south Belfast wants to be.

“Anyone with information regarding this attack should bring it forward to the PSNI.”

Cllr Niall Ó Donnghaile added;

"I have spoken with distraught parents of the young people who were attacked by a group of adults shouting sectarian slogans. A number of cars trying to get the young people to safety were also damaged.

“The parents and their children are obviously deeply traumatised as a result of what happened.

“We are rightfully encouraging our young people to take part and pursue careers within the new and creative industries, themselves potent symbols of a changed and better Belfast, yet there is still a minority who would seek to engage in sectarian violence.

“We will continue to play our part with everyone in our community to ensure those people are faced down and that young people regardless of where they come from are able to move around their own city free from sectarian harassment and violence."

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