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Kelly slams racist attacks in North Belfast

9 November, 2004


Sinn Féin MLA for north Belfast, Gerry Kelly, has slammed the racist attacks on a number of homes in Queen Victoria Gardens and Fortwilliam Parade last night at 2am. The attacks saw racist graffiti daubed on a number of homes and cars and several cars had their tyres slashed.

Speaking today Mr Kelly said:

"These attacks cannot be justified in any manner. Those who were attacked have been targeted simply because others, with dangerous and malicious intent, see minority communities as different. They are not. They are part an integral part of the North Belfast community and this must be made clear.

"To have a series of homes in different streets all targeted and attacked in one night would take some level of organisation and pre-planning. Loyalist paramilitaries are attempting to export their racist campaign from the Donegall Road area to North Belfast and this must be challenged.

"I am calling on those with influence in the loyalist community to do whatever is in their power to stop these attacks. To stand by and say nothing is as the equivalent to condoning racism. However all have a responsibility to face down racism in whatever way it manifests itself." ENDS

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