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Short Strand area comes under attack at weekend

18 July, 2005

Sinn Fein Assembly member Michael Ferguson today visited homes attacked over
the weekend in the Clandeboye Gardens area of the Short Strand. Speaking
after meeting with a number of local residents Mr Ferguson said:

" In the summer of 2003 this small nationalist area came under nightly
attack from the loyalist Cluan Place area. Fortunately over the past two
years through a programme of community engagement and other efforts there
has been relative calm in the area.

" However since the Twelfth and particularly over the weekend nationalist
homes in Clandeboye Gardens have come under a constant barrage of missiles.
The raising of tensions in this area has not been helped my misinformed and
ill advised commentary from leading unionist politicians like Reg Empey.

" Nationalists residents in the Short Strand want to live in peace. However
it seems that there are still those in the unionist communities surrounding
the small nationalist district who seem determined to continue attacking
homes." ENDS

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