March 05, 2011

Swastikas daubed on homes of south Belfast migrants

Racist graffiti has been scrawled on the homes of migrant workers in south Belfast

Swastikas and racial slurs were painted on the properties in the Botanic area. South Belfast MLA Anna Lo said she condemned this “appalling” behaviour and urged people to be more tolerant.

“A lot of work has been done at community level to promote mutual understanding between local residents and new migrant workers,” she said. “Nobody wants to see this sort of graffiti. We are generally very welcoming to minorities and this sort of thing gives us a bad name.”

Anti-racism campaigner Paddy Meehan, who organised a community solidarity protest against attacks on Romanian families in the area in 2009, is calling for the community to unite together.

“If these racists are allowed to continue this unacceptable behaviour people will begin to fear for their safety,” he said.

Belfast Telegraph

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