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Young nationalist attacked following UDA show of strength in North Belfast

6 September, 2004

Sinn Féin North Belfast councillor Danny Lavery has said that following a UDA show of strength in the area on Saturday that many local people had feared that there would be a sectarian attack on a local nationalist.

Cllr Lavery said:

"This was a sectarian attack carried out by the UDA on a young nationalist in the Whitewell area. It was deliberate and premeditated.

"Many local people were concerned that there would be a sectarian attack after the UDA mounted a show of strength on Saturday in the area.

"This young man is extremely lucking to be alive today.

"Unionist politicians and civic and community leaders need to do more to defuse tensions not just in the Whitewell area but throughout North Belfast where there has been an increase in UDA activity. Comments from unionist political leaders in recent days have only served to increase tension. I would urge them to abandon their overtly sectarian approach to community relations." ENDS

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