O'Donnell condemns East Belfast racist hate crimes
Sinn Féin Councillor Mairéad O’Donnell has slammed those behind racist attacks in East Belfast.
Cllr O’Donnell was speaking after cars were damaged and set alight on three streets in East Belfast early this morning.
Councillor O’Donnell said:
"I condemn outright those responsible for these despicable and cowardly racist attacks.
“These racist attacks come on the back of UVF intimidation which saw four Catholic families forced to leave their homes in Cantrell Close just a few streets away from this morning’s arson attacks.
“Those responsible for these attacks have shown blatant disregard for the community. The racists need to hear loud and clear that their cowardly actions are unacceptable.
“What we need to see is leadership from political unionism.
“Political leaders must set the example and desist from language or actions, which offend against the identity of anyone in this society.
"I would encourage anyone with information to contact the PSNI and I will be asking the PSNI do they believe there is any paramilitary involvement in these attacks.”