I totally condemn the latest sectarin attack in Leckagh.

It is my understanding that this house had been offered to a you Catholic woman. It’s sad in this day and age that these thugs are still at this carry on. Why don’t they get off the backs of the decent people who are in the majority in Leckagh and move into the 21st century. Disgusting behaviour.

With many thanks to: Darren Totten for the original posting and photographs.

A Belfast councillor has hit out at ‘anti – Protestant’ poster

A Belfast councillor has hit out at an ‘anti-Protestant’ poster erected in the centre of Belfast.

The DUP’s Graham Craig condemned the circulation of the poster, and said he had been contacted about the “offensive and derogatory” poster by several of his constituents.

“I have asked the Council to remove it and contacted the police to report it as a hate crime,” he said.

Mr Craig said it was his understanding similar posters had been put up in the Linenhall Street area on Tuesday.

The offending poster shows a diagram of a brain, coloured in red, white and blue.

There are arrows pointing to different parts of the brain with offensive labels, including ‘The Sash My Father Wore’, ‘Save Ulster from Sodomy’, and ‘F*** the Pope’.

“The poster stereotypes Protestants, is simplistic in outlook and above all sectarian,” he said.

“Belfast is a shared City and there is no place for this sort of thing in 2018.

“I call on anyone with information as to the origins of this poster to bring it forward to the police.”

The PSNI has been contacted for comment.

With many thanks to the: Belfast Telegraph for the original story.

Captured from Snapchat, this video shows a large crowd of bigots chanting “We hate Catholics, everybody hates Roman Catholics” at a bonfire near Sandy Row on the 11th night in July.

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That is one of the problems with a lot of the bonfires – not the actual bonfire itself, but the hate that attaches itself to these nights. Bonfires bedecked with flags, symbols, posters, effigies and slogans which are offensive to other communities and yet are literally burned for entertainment. Evidence of sectarian singing and chanting. A history of violence and antisocial behaviour. And yet unionist and loyalist political and community leaders remain silent.

Republicans in west Belfast moved our communities away from bonfires to an alternative, positive community festival in the form of Féile an Phobail. When will a leader from the PUL community step up to the mark and tackle the hatred and bigotry that is associated with the 11th and 12th July head on? Let’s embrace the expression of culture from all communities but let’s do so in a positive and an inclusive way. Let’s leave the hatred, the antisocial behaviour and the violence in the past. It is beyond time that all sections of society take a stand against Sectarianism. Let’s move in to the 21st century.

Holy Cross, a Catholic primary school for girls, in the middle of a Protestant area.

In June 2001, Protestant loyalists began picketing the school, claiming that Catholics were regularly attacking their homes and denying them access to facilities. For weeks, hundreds of protesters tried to stop the schoolchildren and their parents from walking to school through their area. Some protesters shoutedsectarian abuse and threw stones, bricks, fireworks, blast bombs and urine-filled balloons at the schoolchildren and their parents. Hundreds of riot police, backed up byBritish soldiers, escorted the children and their parents through the protest each day. The “scenes of frightened Catholic schoolgirls running a gauntlet of abuse from loyalist protesters as they walked to school captured world headlines”. Death threats were made against the parents and school staff by the Red Hand Defenders, a loyalist paramilitary group. The protest was condemned by both Catholics and Protestants, including politicians. Some likened the protest to child abuse and compared the protesters to Americanwhite supremacists in 1950sAlabama.

The first picket took place in June, during the last week of school before the summer break. It resumed on 3 September, at the beginning of the new school term, and lasted until 23 November. During this time, the protest sparked fierce rioting between Catholics and Protestants in Ardoyne. The loyalists agreed to “suspend” the protest after being promised tighter security for their area.

In January 2002, a scuffle between a Protestant man and a Catholic woman outside the school sparked a large-scale riot in the area. The picket was not resumed and the situation has been mostly quiet since then. The following year, the BBC aired a documentary-drama about the protests.

In the summer of 2001, the RUC received intelligence that UDA members were planning to “exploit community tensions” to kill nationalists, Catholics and/or police officers

On Tuesday 19 June, Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) officers had to protect children and parents entering the school after they were attacked by loyalist stone throwers. Police described the attack as “vicious”. Following the incident, a blockade of the school developed, with loyalists standing across the road and RUC officers keeping the children and their parents away. This continued each morning for the rest of the week, when the school closed for the summer break.

The following day, the school was forced to close when loyalists blocked the entrance. During the evening, hundreds of loyalists and nationalists clashed with each other and with the police. Shots were also fired at the police. During the riots the police fired a number of the new ‘L21 A1′ plastic baton rounds for the first time.[5]

The morning blockade continued on Thursday 21 June. About 60 of the school’s 230 pupils entered the school through the grounds of another school. Senior Sinn Féin member Gerry Kellysaid: “It’s like something out of Alabamain the 1960s”. Three Protestant families left their homes in Ardoyne Avenue, saying they were afraid of a nationalist attack. During the evening and night there were serious disturbances in the area around the school. Loyalists fired ten shots, and threw six blast bombs and 46 petrol bombs at police lines.Two Catholic homes were attacked with pipe bombs, and a child was thrown against a wall by one of the blasts.

On Friday 22 June, a number of schoolchildren again had to enter the school through the grounds of another school. This was the last day of school before the summer break.

Talks between the protesters and the schoolchildrens’ parents took place over the summer, but no agreement was reached. On 20 August, a ‘paint bomb’ was thrown at the home of a Protestant man in Hesketh Park, smashing a window and causing paint damage to furniture. The man had taken part in the loyalist protest

The protest resumed on Monday 3 September, the first day of the Autumn school term. The Police Service of Northern Ireland (over the summer the RUC had undergone a name change), supported by the British Army, were by then better prepared and managed to force a path through the protesters. Loyalists jeered and shouted sectarian abuse as the children, some as young as four, were escorted into the school by their parents and the police. Stones and bottles were thrown at the children and their parents; one woman was injured. A mother of one of the schoolgirls said: “It was absolutely terrifying. They were shouting ‘dirty tramps’, ‘your kids are animals’, ‘Fenianscum’, ‘you Fenian bastards’. And all we were trying to do was get our kids to school”. Unionist politicians claimed a “heavy-handed” police presence had inflamed the situation, while theProgressive Unionist Party’s Billy Hutchinson alleged that five known IRA men had been allowed to walk with the children through the Protestant area.

Later in the day the Red Hand Defenders(RHD), an illegal loyalist paramilitary group, warned parents and children to stay away from the Ardoyne Road. A threat was also issued against police officers. During the evening there was violence near the school as youths from both sides attacked each other and the security forces. Three Catholic-owned homes on Newington Avenue were badly damaged in a loyalist pipe bombattack. The blast caused an oil tank to catch fire and the flames spread to three houses, one of which was completely destroyed. Another pipe bomb exploded in the garden of a house in the White City area. There was also violence on North Queen Street and Limestone Road

Wednesday 5 September: As the parents and their children passed Glenbryn Parade, loyalists threw a blast bomb towards them. The device exploded, injuring two police officers and a police dog. Panic ensued. Children began screaming and “weeping uncontrollably” and one mother suffered a panic attack.[10] All were taken to hospital. The Red Hand Defenders (RHD) said it was responsible for the attack. Afterward, Progressive Unionist Party (PUP) politician Billy Hutchinson said he was “ashamed to be a loyalist today after seeing these people attack young Catholic girls”. However, he says he continued to stand with the protesters each morning to show leadership.

Wednesday 26 September: Protesters threw fireworks at children and parents returning from the school during the afternoon Week fiveMonday 1 October: Protesters continued their noisy protest as children and parents entered and left the school. Some protesters threw urine-filled balloons at the children and parents. Cups of cold tea and water were also thrown by protesters

Wednesday 10 October: Many of the protesters had begun to hide their identity and some were wearing masks of characters from horror movies. Local doctor Michael Tan said that some of the schoolchildren’s families were near “breaking point” and parents and children were in need of professional psychological care. Bryce Dickson, head of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission, visited the scene of the protest. He spoke to some of the protesters but was criticised by some of the parents of the children for not walking the route with them as Quentin Davies had done

On Wednesday 9 January 2002, there were confrontations outside the school during the early afternoon. Disturbances and rioting quickly spread throughout Ardoyne during the evening and into the night. Catholic parents and Protestant residents each claimed that the other side had started the trouble. Catholic parents said that they had faced increased verbal abuse since Monday during their walks to and from school and that they were attacked while leaving the school on Wednesday afternoon. A Catholic mother claimed she was punched in the face as she walked home from the school with her child. Police officers said they arrived at a confrontation between a Protestant woman and a Catholic woman near the school. The police moved to make an arrest but the person was protected by other residents. Police officers said they had to draw their weapons. There was a report that loyalists had driven a car at the school gates in an attempt to break in. Some schoolchildren had to be taken home through the grounds of another school while a bus carrying other children was attacked on its way down Ardoyne Road. Protestant residents claimed the trouble started when Catholics removed a wreath from a lamp-post.

Up to 500 loyalists and nationalists were involved in the disturbances on the Ardoyne Road, Crumlin Road and Brompton Park areas. About 130 petrol bombs, acid bombs and fireworks were thrown. Four Catholic youths were hospitalised after being hit by shotgun pellets at Hesketh Park; loyalists petrol-bombed and destroyed a police vehicle; Catholic homes were attacked on the Upper Crumlin Road; a Catholic woman was knocked-down by a car on Twaddell Avenue; a Catholic man was struck by a police vehicle, and a 13-year-old Protestant schoolboy was injured when a bus was attacked. The police fired eight plastic bullets and arrested three people. As the trouble worsened, 200 police officers, backed by 200 soldiers, were deployed. At least 14 police officers were injured.

The following day, the Holy Cross school was forced to close for the day. Some other schools in the area closed early due to fears about the safety of schoolchildren. In the morning, six loyalists, one with a gun, rampaged through the grounds of Our Lady of Mercy Catholic girls’ secondary school, smashing 18 cars with crowbars. Parents rushed to collect their hysterical daughters. In the afternoon, Protestant pupils from Boys’ Model Secondary School were ferried home in police armoured Land Rovers past nationalist crowds on Crumlin Road. Catholic parents and Protestant residents held separate meetings to discuss the situation.[13]

On Friday 11 January, the Red Hand Defenders issued a death threat against all Catholic teachers and all other staff working at Catholic schools in north Belfast. That weekend, two Catholic schools were set on fire and teachers’ cars were attacked. On Monday, more than 750 armed police officers and soldiers were sent to guard Catholic schools in north Belfast while armoured vehicles lined Ardoyne Road. There was no protest outside the school and there was no serious violence, although there were a few minor scuffles. TheNorthern Ireland Office announced that permanent CCTV cameras would be installed on the Ardoyne Road. A temporary system was to be put in place while waiting for the permanent installation

These are just a few of the key points. Sadly there are many many more.

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North of Ireland: levels of racism ‘should shock us to the core’ says Amnesty

Would you accept a Muslim as a relative by marriage?

Northern Ireland Life and Times Survey 2017

New figures on public attitudes reveal extent of racial prejudice in the North of Ireland.

‘This scale of racial prejudice in 2018 should shock us to our core’ – Patrick Corrigan

The North of Ireland has a huge problem with racism, Amnesty International said today, following the publication of new figures showing high levels of intolerance towards people from minority ethnic communities.

Amnesty is calling for a more robust government response to tackling racial prejudice in North of Ireland, including an independent review of the region’s equality and hate crime laws.

Figures from the Northern Ireland Life and Times Survey, published today, show that more than half of people surveyed would not willingly accept a Muslim (52%) or an Irish Traveller (56%) as a relative by way of marrying a close member of their family. Other statistics reveal that:

47% of people would not willingly accept a Muslim as a close friend;
25% of people would not willingly accept someone from an ethnic minority as a colleague at work;
47% of people think there is more racial prejudice in North of Ireland now than there was 5 years ago; only 13% of people believe racial prejudice has decreased over the period.
Patrick Corrigan, North of Ireland Programme Director for Amnesty International, said:

“These shocking figures show that the North of Ireland has a huge problem with racism. The levels of racial prejudice in our midst should serve as a wake-up call to politicians and officials charged with making the North of Ireland a better place to live for everyone.

“The fact that still in 2018 over half of the population would not willingly accept a Muslim or an Irish Traveller as a relative through marriage, or that a quarter of people would not willingly accept someone from an ethnic minority as a work colleague, should shock us to our core.

“These figures demonstrate that government in the North Ireland is utterly failing to tackle the deep-rooted racial prejudice which affects too many people here.

“Politicians and officials need to wake up to this prejudice, which makes the North Ireland a toxic place to live for too many people from minority ethnic and religious communities. We need a much more ambitious and joined-up strategy to tackle racial prejudice. That must include bringing our race equality laws into line with the rest of the UK, where the North of Ireland has fallen behind, and an improvement on prosecution and conviction rates for those responsible for race hate crimes.”

Despite these worrying findings, the survey did show strong levels of support amongst the North of Ireland public for providing protection to refugees: 64% of people think it is our duty to provide protection to refugees who are escaping persecution in their home country, while 57% agree and only 17% disagreed that people from Syria should be allowed to come to North of Ireland.

Patrick Corrigan said:

“It is clear that there is strong support among the North of Ireland public for providing asylum to those feeling war and persecution, whether in Syria or elsewhere. That is a very welcome recognition of our international human rights responsibilities and an indication that most people here have empathy and compassion for refugees. The government must build on this sentiment to create a truly welcoming a North Ireland for all.”

Amnesty is calling for the following steps in the North of Ireland:

*Race equality legislation should be strengthened to bring it into line with the UK Government’s international obligations relating to the promotion of human rights for racial minorities and other groups, and with the recommendations of international human rights monitoring bodies.

*The Department of Justice should initiate an independent review of hate crime legislation to consider the scope for improvement of current laws.

*Detailed data on hate crime and public perceptions regarding hate crime, comparable with other parts of the UK, should be collected and published.

With many thanks to: Amnesty International UK for the origional posting.

The child holding this placard is about 10-years-old, he was posing for pictures after the DFLA marched on the streets of Manchester last Saturday 2nd June 2018

The DFLA say they are against extremism. They focus on Islamic extremism, apparently because it is taking over our country.

I walked amongst the DFLA crowds and other than their chants to kill Muslims and other obscene generalisations about Islam & the labour party they were a friendly bunch of people who just wanted to have fun.

If I didn’t have to get back to Liverpool, I would have stayed and tried to have some conversations with them about their views because I fine-grained believe that a lot of these people feel they have been let down and marginalised by modern society. The problem is that because of this they have need someone to blame and for too long neoliberal politicians have let them down so they’ve turned to groups that they can associate with, groups that have given them someone to blame, groups that have given them a simple answer that to them makes sense.

When we talk about extremism, we identify that vulnerable people are most likely to be radicalised. That is what has happened to a lot of these people and their children are being radicalised in to these far right radicalised ideologies. The leaders of the DFLA and similar organisations do not have week thought it plans for changing society and creating a better world for everyone. Their only plans are to get rid of Muslims then just as the Tories have done, the Blacks, the Europeans, basically anyone who isn’t white and English.

Real positive change comes from building communities, supporting local businesses, protecting the earth, being open and equal to all.

Arguments online don’t change people’s minds but physical action on the streets and conversations in real life make a difference.

Before I help an elderly person across the road, I don’t ask then who they vote for. I don’t ask the parent on their own with a double pram whether they believe in open borders before I help them up the stairs and I don’t ask whether people believe in Socialism before I hold the door open for them.

By doing great things within our communities, we can hopefully help these people and their children understand that the DFLA leaders and other similar groups have no plan to actually improve the issues that are affecting the working class of our country. Those issues all stem from austerity, not immigrants, socialism or Corbyn.

The Tories don’t care who the extremists and terrorists are because they created the environment where people get radicalised or become so annoyed that they turn to terrorism and that’s a part of their plan so that while their policies oppress the working classes of society they can make themselves rich through tax cuts for the rich.

Let’s not forget that in school we were taught that the British empire was a great thing when in fact the British empire was built in Racism, slavery and capitalism, is that great? Maybe if children weren’t taught to believe that, and that the UK doesn’t have a history of destroying other countries, maybe we wouldn’t have so many calling for the empire to be rebuilt and we would have less people at these marches.

With many thanks to: Dan Lewis for the origional story.

‘C’mon Paddy, EU can leave too’ – Councillor slammed for ‘racist’ famine tweet

The cartoon frog in the picture,🐸 known as “Pepe”, was adopted a number of years ago by far-right social media trolls to target, among others, autistic children.

A Belfast City councillor has been reported to a local Government watchdog over a “racist, sectarian and offensive” tweet.

Independent councillor Jolene Bunting, who has previously caused controversy by associating with and supporting far-right group Britain First, posted the tweet yesterday afternoon.

The bizarre image featured two frogs, one wearing a Union Jack T-shirt and the other wearing an Irish tricolour.

The frog in the Irish flag is crying, holding a pint of Guinness and wearing a hat that reads: “Please be patient I have famine.”

Accompanying the picture is the line: “C’mon Paddy, EU can leave too”.

The cartoon frog in the picture, known as “Pepe”, was adopted a number of years ago by far-right social media trolls to target, among others, autistic children.

Sinn Fein council group leader Deirdre Hargey said she has lodged formal complaints with the Local Government Commissioner for Standards (LGCS) and Belfast City Council over the tweet, which she branded “racist, sectarian and offensive”.

Alliance councillor Emmet McDonough-Brown also filed a complaint with the LGCS, calling the tweet “not only crass but racist and sectarian”.

Britain First far-right Jayda Fransen who recently bought a new home in Co Down

It was also revealed eariler this week that her friend far-right deputy leader of Britain First’s Jayda Fransen (pictured above) bought a new home in Co Down. It was also revealed that Jayda Fransen will be stepping down from Britain First and setting up a new far-right group here in the North of Ireland along with her colleague Independent councillor Jolene Bunting.

With many thanks to the: Irish Independent for the origional story.