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Sinn Féin slam Shore Road sectarian attack

28 August, 2004

Sinn Fein Councillor for North Belfast, Danny Lavery, has slammed last nights sectarian attack on a group of bandsmen on the Shore Road. Speaking earlier Cllr Lavery said there is no justification for sectarianism in any form.

Speaking today Cllr Lavery said:

"What happened last night is clearly wrong and those perpetrating these acts need to know that there is no justification whatsoever for what occurred. There is no excuse for sectarianism in whatever form it manifests itself and from whatever community it arises out of.

"Those who carried out such attacks do not represent the nationalist community in any shape or form and the vast majority of the community would stand against such attacks.

"I would appeal for calm in the coming days and stress that there needs to be further work carried out to end sectarianism in our society. Unfortunately if anything this attack serves to highlight the need that all parties should not be deflected from the efforts to ease interface tensions that are ongoing in the area." ENDS

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