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Call to community after racist attack

21 August, 2004

Sinn Féin Assembly member for Upper Bann John O'Dowd has called for politicians and communities to stand up and be counted. Mr O'Dowd's comments come after a racist attack on a Portuguese family in Portadown last night.

Mr. O'Dowd said:

" Last night two Portuguese families living in Portadown had their home attacked in what appears to be yet another racist attack. It is vital that the politicians and communities in this area stand up and be counted and make sure that this attack is the last such attack in this area.

" We do not want to see a repeat of the situation in areas of Belfast where a toleration of racist attacks by certain politicians and communities has allowed a disgraceful situation to develop where racist attacks have become a regular occurrence." ENDS

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