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Global racism and sectarianism must be opposed - Ruane

12 January, 2015 - by Caitríona Ruane


Sinn Féin MLA Caitríona Ruane has said global racism and sectarianism must be opposed wherever they occur. 

Speaking during an Assembly debate on last week's attacks in Paris, Ms Ruane; 

"Like the rest of the world we watched with outrage what happened in Paris last week. 

"On behalf of Sinn Féin I extend my sympathies to all the victims and their families. Our thoughts are with all of the people of France at this time. 

"There can be no place for anti-semitism, Islamaphobia of any form of racism and in our society. 

“No grievance or religious sleight, no matter how strongly felt can justify such an attack and no cause is served by it.

"Attacks like this are also used by some to introduce more repression and oppressive laws and attack fundamental freedoms and that must be resisted.

"We are also outraged at the hundreds of thousands of people who have been killed in Syria, Nigeria, Gaza, and other conflict zones around the world. 

 "Poverty, inequality and racism – wherever they occur in the world – are unacceptable and have no place in our society. 

"The displays of unity and resolve we have witnessed since last week's terrible tragedies have been heartening.

"As a lasting tribute to the victims – and to all victims of global racism – we must redouble our efforts to resolve conflict and the only way to do that is through dialogue." 

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