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Maskey calls on Robinson to clarify East Belfast protest remarks

18 June, 2014 - by Alex Maskey

Sinn Féin MLA Alex Maskey has called on the First Minister Peter Robinson to clarify remarks he made after a Nigerian man was intimidated from moving into a house in East Belfast.

Speaking today Mr Maskey said:

“We, as political leaders need to be unequivocal about racism. It is wrong,  it is dangerous and cannot be fostered or accommodated.

“It is now unfortunate that Peter Robinson, by stating he wasn’t sure if the protestors  outside the home allocated to Michael Abiona had racist intentions, has in my view muddied the waters.

“Stating the same protest would have occurred if someone moved in from ‘up country’ is incredulous.

“Does Peter Robinson know of any ‘up country’ people who have been allocated more points on a housing waiting list who have had protests outside their homes? I am quite sure the answer is no.

“Those within political unionism who call for local homes for local people, justify posters targeting overseas workers or fail to condemn racist actions or comments outright are clearly not being unequivocal against racism.”

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