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North Belfast Attacks Planned and Co-ordinated By Unionist Paramilitaries

21 May, 2005


North Belfast Sinn Fein Assembly member Gerry Kelly has said that last nights attacks on the cars and homes of Catholics in the area were co-ordinated and carried out by one of the unionist paramilitary gangs.

Mr Kelly said:

"Catholic owned cars and homes were last night attacked at a number of locations across North Belfast. These were clearly well planned and co-ordinated attacks and I have no doubt that they were carried out by one of the unionist paramilitary gangs.

"These sorts of attacks at this time of the year on the eve of the marching season follow a well worn path. It is clear that this latest wave of unionist intimidation has been timed to try and influence policy around forthcoming controversial parades in this area.

"We need now to hear from prominent unionist politicians in this area who are also linked to the loyal orders repudiating these attacks and working genuinely to ensure that this is not the start of another anti-Catholic campaign in North Belfast over the summer months." ENDS

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