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Orchestrated attacks on Ballymena Catholics a worrying development

13 April, 2007

North Antrim Sinn Féin MLA Daithí McKay has called on nationalists in Ballymena to be vigilant after a number of sectarian attacks over the Easter period.

Mr McKay said:

"Over the Easter period there were at least two assaults on Catholics in the town.

"In one incident a taxi picked up two Catholics in William Street in the town and instead of taking them to the Dunclug estate as requested drove them to a carpark in Harryville where a number of loyalists were waiting. The taxi driver got out of the vehicle and shouted that there were "two taigs in this car", after which the loyalsits attacked the pair.

"In another incident on Monday night a group of loyalists attacked a Catholic youth near a filling station in the town.

"What is deeply concerning about this is the fact that at least one of these attacks was orchestrated, and if this continues then it is only a matter of time before someone else is killed in the town.

"What is equally as concerning is the fact that loyalists still have the confidence to carry out these attacks in the town and get away with it.

"Until the PSNI starts securing not only convictions for such acts, but also stiff sentences from the Courts, this trend looks set to continue." ENDS

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