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Governments must uphold rights of nationalist community in face of loyalist violence

8 September, 2005


Sinn Féin West Belfast MP Gerry Adams has said that the attacks on two interface workers on the Springfield Road last night by a gang of up to 50 Loyalists will increase tensions in the area.

Mr Adams said:

"The attacks on two interface workers on the Springfield Road last night by a gang of up to 50 Loyalists attack two will increase tensions in the area. There were also threats made to residents living in Isadore Avenue

"This all took place in full view of the PSNI who stood idly by and did nothing. The ambivalence of the PSNI towards sectarian loyalist violence is unacceptable. The PSNI response to protests on the Springfield Road is also in stark contrast to their handling of protests by nationalist residents.

"The Irish and British government have a responsibility to protect people from sectarian violence and the fear of attack and intimidation. This is rooted in the Agreement. Yet this summer both governments have failed to protect nationalist communities.

"Gerry Kelly will be raising this with the Irish government when Sinn Féin meet Dermot Ahern in Belfast today." ENDS

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