Local Saoradh activists are on the ground in the Short Strand, where the UVF have thrown a blast bomb into Clandeboye from the adjacent loyalist Cluan Place.
PSNI militiamen have insultingly remarked to residents that the “night will only get worse” for the besieged community.
We advise local residents to stay vigilant and alert in the face of this unprovoked State-sponsored loyalist aggression.
HOMES in the Short Strand area of east Belfast have come under attack with petrol bombs for a third night in a row.
Tensions have been high at the interface between the nationalist Short Strand and loyalist Clean Place area. On Monday night missiles and petrol bombs were again thrown over the peace wall and onto Bryson Street. No-one was injured in the attack. A similar attack at the weekend resulted in a four-year-old girl narrowly escaping injury when a petrol bomb landed in the garden she was playing in. Sinn Fein councillor Niall O Donnghaile said people in the area are angry that to date “not a single arrest has been made”. “After three months of failing this ccommunity during the flag protests, the PSNI must be seen to act to deal with those hell bent on attacking family homes,” he said.
“All residents living across both sides of the interface have to be able to live in peace in their own homes. “Once again I am calling on the political leadership of unionism and loyalism to state clearly that these attacks must stop immediately.” Alliance Party councillor Maire Hendron said it was “unsettling that some still felt the need to resort to these violent measures, rather that engaging across the community to find a lasting peacefulsolution”. “We cannot allow those opposed to a shared future and a better Northern Ireland to dictate how we live within our communities,” she said. “It is incidents like these that deflect attention away from the good community work across the area.”
With many thanks to : Allison Morris, Irish News.