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Kelly calls for unionist leadership following sectarian attacks

24 July, 2006

Sinn Féin MLA for North Belfast, Gerry Kelly has appealed for unionist representatives to show leadership in their communities after a sectarian mob attacked cars and homes in Whitewell Road and Catherine's Court last night.

Local residents were alerted at approximately 11.30pm last night when a crowd of up to 40 men entered the area and smashed windows and damaged cars.

Mr Kelly said:

"I would appeal for calm in the Whitewell area at this point in time. This was a planned and orchestrated attack on vulnerable nationalist properties and vehicles. The residents in this area pose no threat to their neighbours, however are forced to endure attacks of this nature all year round.

"Sinn Féin has worked tirelessly across North Belfast, and in Whitewell in particular to ensure a peaceful summer, however we are not witnessing the same level of commitment by Unionist politicians. I am therefore calling for representatives of the DUP and UUP in the area to show some positive leadership in bringing this type of attack to an end.

"North Belfast also has a number of interface workers at present tasked with dealing with this type of situation and I would call on them all to work together constructively to ensure the safety of all residents in the area." ENDS

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