Monday, August 29, 2005


Attacks despicable - Durkan

SDLP leader Mark Durkan has condemned a petrol and paint bomb attack on a loyalist estate by nationalists. The attack occurred at the Fountain Estate.

The attacks came as a town in County Tyrone recovered from sectarian clashes yesterday that left seven police officers injured and resulted in the rest of four people.

A riot broke out in Castlederg as members of the Protestant Black Preceptory passed through the nationalist Ferguson Crescent area of the town while Tyrone GAA supporters celebrated their county's All-Ireland Gaelic Football Championship quarter final victory over Dublin.

The PSNI said one of their officers suffered a broken cheekbone as they tried to break up the disturbances.

"They are not just attacks on the people of the Fountain, but an affront to their neighbours whose peace and quiet is affected," said Durkan.

"It is not enough just to register our disgust and condemnation. We want to see these people apprehended and brought to justice, so anyone with any information on their activities should go to the police."

How nice to see a nationalist politician condemning attacks by nationalists! I share Mr Durkan's view of the attacks. The nationalists in question who carried out this act should be ashamed of themselves.

Violence is not a solution. The people involved deserve to be locked up.


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