Immigrant attacked on day against racism…

NORTHERN Ireland marks International Day Against Racism with the hammering of an Eastern European man in a loyalist area of south Belfast. Maybe they should have been at the Linfield match last night.

  • 9countyprovence

    I was once asked to ‘face up’ to the attrocities of my past. The incident in question which I had to ‘face up’ to were war atrocities carried out by a Croation during WWII. The link? He was Catholic. They hate Catholics of any sort, and blame Irish people for atrocities carried out by other Catholic Nationals!

  • Shore Road Resident

    I’ve been asked to apologise for the potato famine.
    I’ve never attacked an immigrant though.

    What can it all mean?

  • Crataegus

    Shameful.

    In my experience immigrants are generally good workers and exceedingly well mannered. They are an asset to any community and a credit to their place of origin. Pity we don’t have a modern Botany Bay to deport some of our locals to. Need something radical to change the negative attitudes and a strange view about society owing them a living.

  • Jacko 92

    Crataegus

    I agree entirely.
    If some were as interested in the victims as they are on simple point scoring, by looking apportion blame on one side or the other, it would answer them better.

    Racism, like its close cousins sectarianism and homophobia, is rampant across the communities in NI.
    And, like the above, it is a poison.

  • TL

    I hope the man in question stays in the area and stickes it out…proves he can’t be chased away!

  • Dave

    “Those of us in political leadership have to take a stand and demonstrate from our own actions that the sort of prejudice which gives rise to attacks like this is completely unacceptable,”

    Maybe Alex should change his name to Albert? what a cheek.

  • Jacko 92

    TL
    So do I, but a lot easier said than done when you become a target.
    The fact that you defy them and won’t move, then becomes a “reason” for further attacks.

  • TL

    Jacko92,
    I know, he can’t win at this point, unless ‘ol Alex stands by his word and the pols stand up and help this poor guy. (I won’t hold my breath)
    TL

  • GavBelfast

    These attacks are simply disgusting and inexcusable.

    The tenuous linkages on these pages are ridiculous and pathetic.

  • TL

    “The tenuous linkages on these pages are ridiculous and pathetic.”

    Pardon?

  • Rory

    I am not surprised that loyalists have an antipahy to immigrants. Perhaps history teaches them that these immigrants might steal all their land and property, deny thir right to practise their culture and religion, deny to them all meaningful political representation and then they would have no choice but to resort to guerilla warfare to give themselves a voice in their own “wee country of Ulster”.

    Well, far fetched I know, but it could happen. Couldn’t it?

  • Jacko 92

    Rory

    You probably haven’t even noticed how many racist attacks there have been in nationalist areas of Craigavon and Dungannon, because it really isn’t the welfare of the new arrivals you’re interested in but point-scoring at their expense.

  • Shore Road Resident

    What, you mean loyalist might turn into ridiculous MOPErs as well?
    Too late mate. Already happened.

  • missfitz

    I see the residents of the area held a protest this evening, at the anti social behaviour of the people that were attacked.

    Dont get me wrong, I am not saying that they are in the clear, but it might be useful not to rush to judgement. Yes yes yes, no excuses for bating the crap of the poor chap, but I wonder what the whole story is.

  • bob

    I can recall similar protests after attacks on student houses in the area.

    Nothing to do with the fact that the students were also catholic.

    Poles, chinese, Phillipino’s, catholics

    Nothing to do with loyalist paramilitary bigots, off course !!

  • Newryman

    I wonder if the protest mob and their baseball bat welding friends will turn their attention to fellow Anti-Social Loyalists next??

    Or is Anti-Social behaviour only unacceptable from immigrants??

  • BogExile

    ‘Pity we don’t have a modern Botany Bay to deport some of our locals to.’

    Well said Crategus. Can I develop on the theme. We lift about 10,000 of these repulsive carbon consumers and do an exchaange with, say, Albania where you will find decent. well-educated people who would give everything for a chance of new life in the west and bring skills and expertise and a decent work ethic to our economy.

    I’d like to see some of these hate-filled spides on a night out in downtown Tirana.

  • Belfast Gonzo

    Jacko 92 wrote:

    Belfast Gonzo
    So it was Linfield supporters who carried out this despicable attack, then?
    Otherwise, what’s the link?

    The link is that the Linfield team (the local team in S Belfast) had a big banner on the pitch opposing racism. Think it was part of the ‘Give Racism the Red Card’ campaign, but that would have been obvious from the first line of the article I linked to…

  • vic

    The Linfield game against Shelbourne last week at windsor park was marred by sections of the Linfield support hurling racist abuse at some of the visiting players.

    Clearly the clubs are trying to stamp out this sickening behaviour, but there is only so much the clubs can do.

    Its a community problem and needs to be addressed.

  • daylight
  • Jacko 92

    Gonzo

    You say that:
    “The link is that the Linfield team (the local team in S Belfast) had a big banner on the pitch opposing racism. Think it was part of the ‘Give Racism the Red Card’ campaign, but that would have been obvious from the first line of the article I linked to…”

    Nonsense, far from it being obvious, there is no mention of Linfield having any sort of banner.
    You linked to an article that consisted entirely of a match report.
    You casually linked a football club to racism.
    Any particular reason?