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PSNI carry out City Centre race attack

6 December, 2004

Sinn Féin Assembly member Alex Maskey has said that he is disgusted and angered at reports that the PSNI racially abused and assaulted a Turkish born street trader in Belfast over the weekend.

Mr Maskey said:

" At the weekend PSNI members forcibly removed a Turkish born street trader called Musa Gulusen from the city centre. The man was subsequently hospitalised and has been treated for a broken arm and bruising to his face and back. The man was racially abused by the PSNI members present both inside the land rover and in front of witnesses on the street. In anyone's terms this was a vicious racist attack.

" Given the statistics which show a complete failure by the PSNI to tackle ongoing racist attacks in the city the news of the weekend assault in the city centre may provide some rational for this. How can ethnic minority communities or indeed any of the rest of us have confidence in a force tackling racist attacks when its own members have no problem engaging in similar behaviour in the broad light of day in the middle of Belfast City Centre.

" In any other job or profession if these sort of allegations were made the individuals involved would be suspended immediately. Instead the PSNI refuse to comment and hide behind the office of the Police Ombudsman." ENDS

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