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UUP needs to clarify its stance on racist intimidation - Ó Donnghaile

18 June, 2014

Sinn Féin Councillor Niall Ó Donnghaile has called on the Ulster Unionist Party to clarify its stance on racist intimidation in east Belfast.

Speaking after a Nigerian man was intimidated from his home in the Knocknagoney area, Ó Donnghaile said;

"The Ulster Unionist Party recently distributed a leaflet in support of one of its election candidates, which included the slogan 'Supporting local homes for local people’.

"This same slogan is being used by racists in east Belfast who have now forced Michael Abiona, a Nigerian charity worker, from his home.

"The Ulster Unionist Party needs to clarify where it stands on this disgraceful and shameful intimidation.

"The use of such inflammatory slogans only serves to fuel racial hatred and create an atmosphere of fear.

"Sinn Féin will be arranging a meeting with the PSNI to discuss this matter and wider issues around intimidation of foreign nationals and ethnic minorities.

"This is not an isolated incident. We are also aware of other cases of intimidation where people have been forced out of their homes in other parts of East Belfast in the course of recent days.”

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