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Community anger following racist attack in South Belfast

29 March, 2005

South Belfast Sinn Féin Assembly member Alex Maskey has said that he was angered by a violent racist attack last night in the Donegal Avenue area of the city.

Mr Maskey said:

"My first reaction to the news that a man was viciously assaulted in a racist attack on Donegal Avenue is one of anger. It is also deeply worrying that after a period when the frequency of these sorts of violent racist attacks had dropped that this latest incident has taken place.

"As a community and a society we have a responsibility and a obligation to stand resolutely with the ethnic minority communities who are living in genuine fear of this sort of outrageous racist behaviour. As public representatives we have a special obligation to work to ensure that ethnic minority communities feel welcome here and feel part of the fabric of this city.

"I would wish to extend my best wishes to the man assaulted and will meet with members of the ethnic minority community in the city in the coming days to offer my ongoing support and commitment to ending once and for all this scourge on our city's streets." ENDS

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