Sinn Féin Councillor for North Belfast, Danny Lavery, slammed last Friday night’s sectarian attack on a group of bandsmen on the Shore Road.

“What happened on Friday is clearly wrong and those perpetrating these acts need to know that there is no justification whatsoever for what occurred,” said Cllr Lavery.

“There is no excuse for sectarianism in whatever form it manifests itself and from whatever community it arises out of.

“Those who carried out such attacks do not represent the nationalist community in any shape or form and the vast majority of the community would stand against such attacks.”
Councillor Lavery appealed for calm in the days ahead and stressed that, “there needs to be further work carried out to end sectarianism in our society.”

“Unfortunately if anything this attack serves to highlight the need that all parties should not be deflected from the efforts to ease interface tensions that are ongoing in the area.”

SDLP councillor Pat Convery unreservedly condemned the assaults.

“This is sectarianism in its worst form. It is intolerable that such bigotry and hatred should continue to exist, particularly in an area that has seen its people suffer too much for too long.

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