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Unionists need to reassure Catholic residents of Village area in Belfast

28 April, 2004

Sinn Féin South Belfast MLA Alex Maskey has said that it is time for political and community leaders in the Village area to get a grip on the sectarian bigots attempting to force catholics from an apartment complex in the area. Mr Maskey's remarks come after leaflets were distributed in the area threatening catholic residents.

Mr Maskey said:

" This particular apartment complex recently appeared in the UDA magazine Combat. The article was threatening catholic residents living there. Now we have leaflets being distributed carrying a similar message. Sectarian graffiti has also been regularly painted on the building.

" It is simply not good enough for unionist politicians to dismiss this sort of activity as the work of cranks or individuals. They need to actively work with the catholic residents of the complex and ensure them that they are welcome to live within that community.

" In recent times it has taken a public backlash to get a rise in racist attacks in the same area stemmed. This latest sectarian threat requires a similar response." ENDS

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