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Unionist leaders must end silence on brutal UDA attack – Maskey

26 August, 2014 - by Paul Maskey

Sinn Féin MP Paul Maskey has slammed the failure of unionist leaders Peter Robinson, Mike Nesbitt and Jim Allister to condemn the brutal sectarian assault of a Catholic man in Ballygomartin by the UDA. 

Speaking today the West Belfast MP said: 

“The sectarian attack on a Catholic man in the Ballygomartin area of West Belfast was vicious and brutal. Ten men armed with metal bars and a hatchet entered the man’s home and set about attacking him and his family. 

“During the attack the men called him a ‘Fenian’, claimed they were from the Highfield UDA, sprayed UDA slogans on the house and told the victim not to return to the area.  

“What we need now is clear political leadership from Peter Robinson, Mike Nesbitt and Jim Allister whose silence on this attack has been deafening.

“Only a few weeks ago ago unionist leaders walked out of talks to join representatives of the UVF and the UDA in demanding an Orange Order parade through Ardoyne, Mountainview and the Dales. 

“Twenty years after the first ceasefires the UDA and the UVF are still in existence and active. The question is why?

“Political unionism needs to face these paramilitary organisations down instead of cosying up to them for short-term political expediency.” ENDS

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