Alliance Party Offices in East Belfast attacked again

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At around 11pm the PSNI have confirmed that three devices where thrown at the Alliance party offices on the Newtownards Rd in East Belfast.

When this happened last November I wrote a piece about the members of staff who work in that office and most of the same people are still there. Nearly 18 months after the flag vote, members of staff having to work under dire conditions and constituents are being denied access to their local MP.

Politicians offices being attacked is nothing new in Northern Ireland and sadly in 2014, it is still going on. Like a nightmare, we cannot seem to wake up from the mindless hatred that fuels something like this. There are 23 days until polling day, if people dislike the party so much, then at council and European level they can register their protest by voting against them.

The party has taken to Twitter to deliver its message

Naomi Long also tweeted

  The First Minister has also taken to Twitter to give his condemnation  

Sinn Fein’s Niall O’Donnghaile has tweeted

 

 

 

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  • http://www.selfhatinggentile.blogger.com tmitch57

    I suppose we should consider it a major advancement that the former deputy of the man who encouraged attacks on NICRA civil-rights marches and a spokesman for the political wing of the Republican Movement, whose military wing used to target SDLP figures for harassment attacks in their homes, both felt that this type of action was worth publicly condemning. I just wish they could have shown the same spirit decades ago.

  • Politico68

    “I suppose we should consider it a major advancement that the former deputy of the man who encouraged attacks on NICRA civil-rights marches and a spokesman for the political wing of the Republican Movement, whose military wing used to target SDLP figures for harassment attacks in their homes, both felt that this type of action was worth publicly condemning. I just wish they could have shown the same spirit decades ago.”

    ***YAWN***

  • aquifer

    What percentage of such attackers get caught?

    It would be worth investing in some surveillance to get prosecutions.

    The power of paramilitaries rests in their secrecy and impunity, it would be senseless to allow them to triumph.

  • Politico68

    Unionist Violence is increasing in Belfast to a worrying extent, daily rioting, attacks on immigrants and now another shocking attack on the Alliance party, I really hope the people good people of East Belfast wake up and see what a truly violent animal lurks beneath the respectable facade of Political Unionism.

  • Politico68

    *good people……

  • Granni Trixie

    Politico

    That the intimidation of workers evokes a yawn from you speaks volumes about your lack of empathy.

  • Charles_Gould

    The SDLP has consistently opposed violence of this kind, whether 40 years ago, 20 years ago, or today.

  • Morpheus

    The concentrated campaign to run The Alliance Party out of Belfast has been nothing short of disgusting and an affront to democracy – starting with the cowardly DUP/UUP leaflets right the way through the death threats, petrol bombs, bullets in the post, intimidation and now this.

  • SDLP supporter

    Absolutely disgusting attack and has to be unequivocally condemned. My sympathy to the Alliance Party.

    P68, you’ve lost your moral compass somewhere.

  • MonkDeWallyDeHonk

    Folks

    Really – you’re all jumping in here with criticism. In the sake of fair play, let’s wait for DC et all to get in with their (it’s all Alliance’s own fault, our sovereign fleg etc, etc justification).

    We certainly don’t want any mention of “Loyalist” paramilitaries, UVF, OO etc.

    Shame on you.

  • Reader

    MonkDeWallyDeHonk: let’s wait for DC et all…
    There’s only one DC, and if you really were confident about his take on this, you wouldn’t need to put words into his mouth.

  • MonkDeWallyDeHonk

    Reader

    Given DCs previous extremely frequent condemnation of Alliance (for having the audacity to exercise their Democratic! rights) along with his equally frequent refusal to condemn (if not outright condoning) of the indisputably illegal behavior of the “Fleg” protestors – either I’m right about his attitude to this or he’s a total hypocrite.

  • Reader

    MonkDeWallyDeHonk: – either I’m right about his attitude to this or he’s a total hypocrite.
    The third option is that he might not regard firebombing/blast-bombing as being on the same moral plane as protesting.
    This is a distinction that is as often missed by republicans as by loyalists. I wouldn’t care to predict DC’s take on this.

  • Greenflag

    The only answer to this kind of violence is for the people of East Belfast to give their votes to Alliance in the coming election .

    The ‘brownshirt ‘ thugs who carry out attacks like this have nothing to offer all the people of Northern Ireland except more attacks like this .

    Send these moronic ‘b*****ds a message via the ballot box !!!

    Vote AP first !

  • Expat

    Politico68 yawned in response to tmitch57 above, not for any lack of moral compass on his part but by reason of the separate platitudinous point t57raises critical to both sides of the community i.e. they are just as bad as each other, when the matter in question concerns the actions of loyalist thugs today, not activities of a time decades earlier.

    There is a cohort of contributors to this site whose prime purpose is to raise points beside the main issues in order to cloud them and, if possible, talk them out of existence. It is an attempt to deny the undeniable in defence of unionism past and present and, where possible, cast slights upon nationalism and the nationalist community. It seems to be the most that side has to offer in the debate.

  • Politico68

    Granni and SDLP – Expat sums it up there at 4.13pm far better than I can.

  • Reader

    Politico68 : Granni and SDLP – Expat sums it up there at 4.13pm far better than I can.
    Well, that’s a bit rich from the two of you. Expat has considerable form on Slugger for blaming everything on unionism even if he has to rewind many decades to do so. Whereas, ever since the republican murder of Tommy Crossan two weeks ago (which otherwise seems not to have attracted your attention), you have put up multiple posts highlighting loyalist disorder and thuggery.
    So the two of you are hardly well placed to complain about whataboutery and smokescreens.

  • Politico68

    Reader, I never engage in whataboutery hence my yawn earlier. I an interested only in the FUTURE and how events NOW might shape that future, while u and others simply wish to dwell on the past. As for the killing of that man a while back, what exactly should I have said about it that would have made you happy? Suiting your requirements is not part of my obligation on slugger, unless I missed something in the sign up process !

  • Expat

    Reader

    I recently wrote on the plight of working-class protestant school children in their struggle to get an education to fit them for the modern commercial world in a school system that is loaded against them. This issue has long been known and it is bigger than education alone, but we see little or no effort on the part of the unionist parties to seriously address it. It is an urgent matter of today, not the re-winding of decades.

    Past or present, there really is little that can be said in favour of the conduct of unionism.

  • thisagain

    Utterly daft and unjustifible to resort to violence under any circumstances but what does this attack and the ones preceeding it say about the leadership of the Unionist parties in working class ‘Loyalist’ areas? The attack on Alliance Party premises presumably is a misguided consequence of a percieved injustice regarding the ‘flegs’ issue. But what guidance or hope are unionist politicians giving to their grass roots? The vacuum is clearly being filled by the paramilitaries with no clear political agenda nor goal. In the intrests of ‘parity of esteem’, would Sinn Fein care to make representations to the Loyalist working class on the issues of addressing chronic unemployment, poor housing and inadequate education standards? If this is a peace process then surely every vote matters? If the working class in East Belfast and elsewhere see benefits coming from actions Sinn Fein has done on their behalf then this would obviously be reflected in the ballot box. The working class loyalist vote is up for grabs at the minute due to the complete lack of leadership by the out-of-touch Unionist parties, and this has created a void. And we all know voids need to be filled….You would be suprised how many Protestants would identify themselves as Irish if the past was not an issue.

  • http://www.selfhatinggentile.blogger.com tmitch57

    “There is a cohort of contributors to this site whose prime purpose is to raise points beside the main issues in order to cloud them and, if possible, talk them out of existence. It is an attempt to deny the undeniable in defence of unionism past and present and, where possible, cast slights upon nationalism and the nationalist community. It seems to be the most that side has to offer in the debate.”

    “Expat sums it up there at 4.13pm far better than I can.”

    yawn.

  • Reader

    Politico68: Reader, I never engage in whataboutery hence my yawn earlier.
    Take a look at your post on attitudes to immigration in the Republic. That was a Whatabout Themmuns in its purest form.

  • Politico68

    Reader, you are clearly mad !

  • Politico68

    tmitch

    if u are gonna use the Yawn response you must include the ** on either side of it to give it affect mate