Interface violence must be brought to an end – Ní Chuilín
Sinn Féin MLA Caral Ní Chuilín has called tonight for an end to violence at the North Queen Street interface which is making the lives of local residents a misery.
Carál Ni Chuilin was speaking after another night of attacks and violence at the junction of North Queen Street and Duncan Gardens, and the North Belfast MLA said that local people are worried that a child is going to be seriously injured or worse.
Carál Ní Chuilín said:
“In recent weeks, large numbers of young people have been engaged fighting at interfaces.
“Some of those involved are children.
“Stones, fireworks and other missiles have been thrown at other young people, some of whom are very vulnerable. Cars traveling in the area have been indiscriminately attacked and there have been attacks on the PSNI.
“The people living in this area are entitled to live free from fear and intimidation. We have elderly residents living in fear in their own homes and there is a real concern that someone, particularly a child, is going to be seriously hurt or worse.
“I have been working with local residents, with community organisations and the responsible statutory agencies in an effort to bring this violence to an end.
“This anti-social behavior needs to stop and I am calling on everyone in the community to work to help end this scourge before we have a tragedy.”