Long calls for calm following trouble at Skainos centre

Alliance East Belfast MP, Naomi Long, has called for calm after missiles and fireworks were thrown when Patrick Magee, one of the people responsible for the Brighton bomb, arrived at the Skainos centre in East Belfast to take part in a reconciliation event ‘Listening to your enemies’.

Naomi Long MP said: “There can be no justification for the violence that has occurred. I would appeal for calm in the area.

“The event at the Skainos centre is part of a dialogue that should be allowed to take place. It is important that everybody respects the rights of those who wish to take part in reconciliation events, and that they are allowed to do so without such negative scenes as we have seen tonight.

“It is deeply disappointing that this trouble has occurred at an event which is aimed at breaking down the barriers in our society.

“If anybody has any information about this violence or about the graffiti on the centre last night, then I would urge them to contact the Police.”


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