Long condemns East Belfast hate crime

East Belfast MP Naomi Long has condemned a sickening hate crime in her constituency during which a man was covered in excrement.

The Alliance MP said the assault, which took place around 9.25am today (Wednesday) outside shops on the lower Newtownards Road, was a “deplorable attack” on an innocent man.

“This was nothing less than a disgusting piece of violence that culminated in a man being covered in excrement. To attack any person in such a depraved and vile manner is nothing less than despicable. To do so on a main road in broad daylight shows a blatant and brazen disregard for the rule of law.

“I wish the victim well and hope he makes a swift recovery from his ordeal. There can never be any justification for violence and I would encourage anyone with information to pass it to the police.”


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