Appeal for all to work together to combat hatred of all sorts

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Trouble appeared to be brewing in East Belfast as the bus I got home was making its away into East Belfast. There were just too many police landrovers lurking on street corners. Sure enough, there has been rioting in the Short Strand area of Belfast this evening. The BBC is reporting that homes in the Short Strand have been attacked by a large group of masked men.

All too often during summer months we are used to hearing about rioting somewhere in the streets of Northern Ireland. All of us have our individual rights to live our life without fear and without prejudice. It is vital that community leaders in the area sit down with local people to work out their differences with each other.

Rioting, throwing stones, missiles and allegedly pipe bombs is not a way to solve issues at all. I appeal to all in our community right across Belfast and Northern Ireland to work together to combat sectarianism and prejudice of all types.

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