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McGuigan calls on community to make their voices heard after North Antrim racist attacks

2 August, 2004

Sinn Féin North Antrim Assembly member Philip McGuigan has called on the entire community including leading unionist politicians to get a grip on the blight of sectarian and racist attacks. Mr McGuigan's remarks come after two homes in Cullybackey were attacked in racist attacks today.

Mr McGuigan said:

"It has been confirmed that the two attacks on homes in Cullybackey were racially motivated. There has been a significant rise in racist attacks across the six counties in recent times. These attacks are unacceptable and must end.

"The entire community including leading unionist representatives in North Antrim need to make their voices heard on this. Unfortunately in the past they have been slow to speak out against sectarian attacks on Catholics in this area. They have failed to provide the necessary political leadership to try and stop sectarianism and I had feared that the recent racist attacks in Belfast would spread to areas like this.

"Sectarianism and racism are two sides of the same coin. We need to tackle both with equal vigour. The Cullybackey attacks taken with recent sectarian attacks in Ballymena now make that challenge very real for representatives in North Antrim." ENDS

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