The Alliance Party’s European Candidate – and Chair of the Assembly Group on Ethnic Minorities – was speaking as she invited senior police officers to update the group on the operation set up to directly target hate crimes.
Ms Lo said the timing of the event – as the latest in a spate of racist attacks was reported – was further proof the time for issuing simple condemnations was over and the need for action was urgent.
Anna Lo said: “I’m frustrated with these constant attacks and condemn the latest incident in the Ravenhill Street area in Belfast. We must aim high together to take our society back.
“I was pleased that the PSNI were able to update the Assembly Group on Ethnic Minorities on their operation to combat hate crime. The recent racist attacks have heightened the fears of ethnic minorities, so it is paramount that the PSNI and other statutory organisations use every possible resource to protect the public, prevent these crimes and effectively communicate with different groups.
“It is important that we do more than just condemn the recent racist attacks. We must take action to challenge the views of those responsible for these attacks and to reassure the public that the Police are taking these crimes seriously.
“However, it is disappointing that the First and deputy First Ministers have yet to publish the long awaited racial equality strategy.
“We should all aim high for a society that is free from discrimination. We must build a community that is opening and welcoming to all.”