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Moyle Vice Chairperson demands ‘concerted community response’ to racist attack

27 June, 2008

Vice-Chair of Moyle District Council, Cllr Cara McShane, has demanded "a concerted community response" following the latest blatantly racist attack in the Bushmills area.

The Sinn Féin representative was speaking after an arson attack on a pizza parlour managed by a Bulgarian man in Bushmills during the early hours of Friday morning. The bistro is situated next to a holiday hostel in the village which also had to be evacuated.

Cllr McShane said:

"The community of North Antrim has a civic duty to stand together following this latest racist attack in Bushmills. We must not allow a tiny minority of thugs to target valuable members of our community on the basis of prejudice and bigotry.

"This is not the first time that the victim's property has been attacked. Once again I want to register Sinn Fein's complete condemnation of these attacks.

"Not only are these racist attacks utterly wrong and highly dangerous. They also demonstrate the total stupidity of the attackers in damaging our economic and tourist potential.

"One of the great selling points along the North Coast is our ability to promote a welcoming tourist environment. The potential for Bushmills, in particular, is being wasted by a minority of thugs in the area who are simply intolerant of other cultures.

"That is not acceptable. As Vice-Chair of Moyle Council I am calling for a concerted community response to this latest attack. Political leaders and civic society throughout North Antrim - but especially in Bushmills - must publicly stand shoulder-to-shoulder with those who have been attacked.

"We must show that we are determined to provide an equal and better future for everyone in our society by facing down racism.

"There are several businesses next to the bistro. This latest racist incident has been particularly distressing for those people who are trying to do their best for the village, not least the adjoining holiday hostel where families and holidaymakers had to be evacuated in the middle of the night." ENDS

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