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Racist attacks product of lack of political leadership

16 August, 2004


South Belfast Sinn Féin Assembly member Alex Maskey has once again appealed to unionist political and community leaders in the Donegal Road area to act to stop racist attacks in the area. Mr Maskey's comments come after the latest attack on the home of Eastern Europeans living in the area.

Mr Maskey said:

" Over the last number of years there have been countless attacks on the homes of ethnic minority community members in this area of South Belfast. The vast majority of these racist incidents go unreported. This does not however make them any less unacceptable.

" There has been a complete failure of unionist political and community leadership in this area. It is simply not acceptable for this sort of sustained attack on the ethnic minority community to be tolerated.

" Catholics having witnessed the encouragement of attacks and intimidation in the Whitehall apartment block by the same unionist politicians will not be surprised at the lack of action to stop racist attacks." ENDS

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