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McCann condemns sectarian attack on Conway Place homes

12 July, 2015 - by Fra McCann

Sinn Féin West Belfast MLA Fra McCann has described a sustained attack on residents and their homes in Conway place at 4am Saturday morning as a sectarian hate crime perpetrated by people who have nothing to offer society except bigotry and hatred.

Fra McCann said:

“This attack which damaged homes and cars parked in driveways of families, many of whom have special needs children, left residents shaken and frightened

“After visiting the residents I am in no doubt that rather than being a random attack it was coordinated.

“One local resident whose home overlooks the interface described seeing two masked individuals on top of the bonfire directing the attacks.

“The bonfire from which the attacks were orchestrated is bedecked with numerous UVF flags.

“It is long past time for political unionism to show positive leadership and contribute to reconciliation rather than making excuses for the bigotfest that too many of these bonfires have become.

“They need to explain to their nationalist neighbours how this type of hate crime plays any part in the expression of culture and use their influence to ensure these sectarian attacks cease.

"I have been in contact with Oaklee Housing, Belfast City Council and the PSNI to have measures put in place to ensure that there is no repetition of these attacks.”

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