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Sectarian sign demonstrates worrying unionist intent

24 June, 2004


West Belfast Sinn Féin Councillor Tom Hartley has criticised the erection of a large sign facing nationalist homes on the Springfield Road with the slogan 'Kill all Taigs'. The sign was erected last night by at least five masked men.

Cllr. Hartley said:

" Tensions in the Springfield Road area have in recent days been deliberately risen through a series of protests and threats issues by prominent unionist politicians in the wake of the correct decision taken by the Parades Commission to restrict this weekends Whiterock Orange march. Last night masked men erected a sign facing nationalist homes on the Springfield Road with the slogan 'Kill all Taigs'.

" There has unfortunately been a deliberate effort to raise tensions in the lead up to Saturdays parade. Responsible politicians and community leaders need to work together to reduce tensions and make every effort to ensure that this weekend in particular and the summer months generally pass off peacefully. The decision to erect this sign overnight is a worrying indication of unionist intent towards the nationalist community on the Springfield Road.

" Unionist politicians on the Shankill need to see this sign removed without delay as part of the collective effort to reduce tensions and see a peaceful weekend." ENDS

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