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McGuinness demands zero tolerance on racism

10 April, 2015 - by Martin McGuinness

Sinn Fein MLA Martin McGuinness has called for a 'zero tolerance' approach to racism and hate crimes.
The Mid-Ulster MLA was speaking in the wake of a number of racist hate crimes in north Belfast and after it emerged that a Jamaican woman forced from her home in Country Antrim last year is now homeless.
"It is an appalling situation that Kerry Ann Brown is now living in a hostel with her children after being forced out of her Newtownabbey home by repeated racist attacks. I intend to meet with her to assure her of my support and to offer whatever assistance I can to help her find suitable accommodation. 

"I also strongly condemn the racists and bigots who forced this family out of their home and those who this week attacked other families in Belfast.

"But it isn't enough for us to simply condemn such attacks. There needs to be a zero tolerance approach to the scourge or racism, sectarianism and all firms of bigotry and hate crime.

"That means a zero tolerance approach, not just from the PSNI and the courts but also from our communities. Critically, we must hear unambiguous opposition to racism, sectarianism and homophobia from political leaders, particularly those who have influence in the areas where these crimes are occurring and where there is a level of orchestration. 

"Our entire society needs to demonstrate that we are not prepared to tolerate hate crime of any form. It is a scourge within our society and there is a responsibility on all of us to ensure it is eradicated."

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