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Racist attack condemned

1 November, 2004

Sinn Féin President, West Belfast MP Gerry Adams and local councillor Tom Hartley have condemned the attack on a Philippine couple in the Violet Street area of West Belfast.

Cllr Tom Hartley said:

"This attack is a disgrace. It has left a family very frightened.

"To the family affected I want to say that the community support you 100%. To those who carried out this attack I want to say - your actions have absolutely no support within this community.

"The ethnic minority community are part of the fabric of our society. Particularly here in West Belfast there is widespread appreciation of the contribution that the Philippine make both to the local community and importantly to the health service.

Gerry Adams said:

"This is a despicable attack.

"I call on those involved to stop immediately. I would also appeal to the wider community to defend the rights, the safety and the dignity of those members of our community who are vulnerable to such appalling attacks.

"I also know that condemning racist attacks is not enough. We need to actively work for the removal of racism from our society. This requires action as much as words. I know that Sinn Féin representatives and activists will work to tackle racism, whatever quarter it comes from." ENDS

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