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Gerry Adams urges big turn out for Belfast anti-racism rally

29 October, 2004

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams MP has urged people to attend this Saturday's rally outside the City Hall protesting against the rise of racism in the city.

Speaking in advance of the rally Mr Adams said:

"It is important that people from across Belfast and beyond come out in numbers to make it clear to the racists behind the recent wave of attacks on ethnic minorities within the city that their actions are wrong and that they must stop immediately.

"The ethnic minority community in this city are part of the fabric of our society and must be defended and protected. The rights and entitlements of all citizens must be upheld and all people must be allowed to live their lives in peace without the threat of racist attack or abuse.

"All of us in political leadership in this city have a duty and an obligation to stand up against the racists and the bigots who have been engaged in an organised campaign of intimidation against ethnic minority communities in this city and elsewhere.

"This event is part of confronting and tackling racism and sectarianism from whatever quarter. I commend the Anti-Racist Network and Chinese Welfare Association and all who have worked with them and pledge the continuing support of Sinn Féin representatives and activists to tackle the issue of racism in the time ahead." ENDS

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