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Catholic Taxi Driver attacked in Lurgan

13 July, 2004

Upper Bann Sinn Féin Assembly member John O'Dowd has accused supporters of the Black Perceptory of being involved in an attack on a female catholic taxi driver in Lurgan this morning.

Mr O'Dowd said:

"This mornings Black parade in Lurgan and the transfer of the march supporters to the train station through the nationalist part of the town went relatively calmly. This was due to work on the ground by local nationalist community and political representatives and I would commend them for that.

"However a short time later a catholic female taxi driver was attacked in broad daylight in the middle of Lurgan town centre. Her car was stoned and she has been left in a distressed state. Despite the fact that the town has been swamped by both PSNI and British Army personnel all morning no effort was made to apprehend the attackers.

"It is my belief that having failed in their strategy of provoking the nationalist community in the town by the parade and the decision to use the train instead of buses, supporters of the Blackmen are now trying to raise tensions in the town further before the return of the parade this evening." ENDS

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