Friday, 16 July 2010
éirígí in Newry Condemns Derrybeg Arson Attack
It is understood the perpetrators poured flammable liquid in through a broken window and also through the letterbox.
The family are foreign nationals, who have lived peacefully in this area for a number of years and, while it is still unclear whether this is why they were targeted, the attack was wrong and should be condemned by all.
This area has a history of standing up against injustice, inequality and oppression and no doubt the local community will rally round this family and make it clear the perpetrators are representative of no one.
éirígí echoes the sentiments expressed by the Derrybeg Community Association who visited the family to offer their support. The victims of this attack are residents of Derrybeg and are as much part of this community as anyone of us. As citizens, they have a right to respect, equality and, when an incident such as this happens, solidarity.
Everyone has the right to live in a safe and secure environment free from racial or sectarian intimidation, whether it be the people of Ardoyne or those people who have made Ireland their home in recent years.