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Sinn Féin MLA raises violent protests with UN Rapporteur

17 January, 2013 - by Jennifer McCann


Sinn Féin MLA and Junior Minister Jennifer McCann has raised the issue of the recent violent protests when she met with UN Special Rapporteur Mr Maina Kiai earlier today at Parliament Buildings.


The West Belfast MLA said:

“During the meeting I explained to UN Special Rapporteur Mr Maina Kiai that while people have the right to peaceful protest the current situation had descended to mob rule.

“People are being denied the right to go about their lawful business and homes are being attacked, all linked to these protests.

“The issue of contentious Loyal Order parades was also raised and as with the current situation I emphasised to Mr Maina Kiai that people had the right to live free from intimidation.

“Respect is a two-way street and that means that people’s Irishness and Britishness needs both represented respected. I told the Rapporteur that change is happening and that equality on symbols and identity threatens no one.”

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