McDonough-Brown: Continued hate crimes proves need for racial equality strategy

Alliance Councillor Emmet McDonough Brown has said on-going racist and hate motivated attacks further support calls for the immediate publication of the long-awaited racial equality strategy.

The Councillor for Botanic was speaking after two boys were attacked on Saturday in Ormeau Park – in what police have termed a hate crime – adding once published Alliance would work to ensure the strategy would be implemented effectively.

Councillor Emmet McDonough Brown said: “Unfortunately the number of racist and hate crime attacks are continuing to grow, with up to three incidents reported to police on a daily basis and many more going unreported.

“This latest incident in South Belfast in Ormeau Park is completely unacceptable and I must condemn it. My thoughts are with the young victims as they recover from their ordeal.

“Alliance has continually called for the publication of the much needed Racial Equality strategy and accompanying action plan to ensure it is implemented correctly. My colleague Chris Lyttle MLA will again urge for the immediate publication of this strategy during an Assembly debate today. This must be addressed.

“We must stand together to stop these attacks and signal to those intent on causing harm and upset to anyone from an ethnic minority background that enough is enough. Together we can build a strong, shared, united society and I would urge as many people as possible to join me in attending the Unite Against Racism rally this Saturday.”

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