Locals and loyalists object to Chinese community centre in Belfast
06/10/2004 - 10:31:00

Plans to build a Chinese community resource centre in a loyalist area of south Belfast are expected to be jettisoned because of the objections of local residents.

The Chinese Welfare Association has been given lottery grants of almost €500,000 to build the centre in the Donegall Pass area, but locals and loyalist paramilitaries objected to the centre during a recent consultation exercise.

The association has criticised the objections and has asked when Chinese people, some of whom have been living in Belfast for three generations, will be accepted.

Local DUP councillor Ruth Patterson has defended the objectors, saying they feared they were being squeezed out of their own area.

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