16 September 2005

“Keep children away from interface” – SF

Irelandclick.com

In face of a week of violence and mayhem carried out on their doorsteps, the residents of North Queen Street have appealed for young people in the area not to get involved.
Last weekend cars and a bus were set on fire by Loyalists in the interface area.
Fireworks and petrol bombs were hurled at from the Tiger’s Bay area at Catholic homes in Duncairn Gardens and mobs tried to entice young Nationalists to engage in violence.
The residents of the lower North Belfast community have appealed to parents in the area to make sure they know where their children are, and help towards a quieter weekend.
Sinn Féin councillor, Carál Ní Chuilín, has appealed for support from the community on the issue and has distributed leaflets asking “Where is your child tonight?”
“From Saturday afternoon right through again to Wednesday night we had crowds of youths gathering at the interface. There were children as young as six-years-old getting involved. Our community workers worked through the night to make sure tensions didn’t boil over.
“But we need the community’s help on this.
“On Saturday we had one mother drive down to her child about 8 o’clock at night, handed her child a gravy chip through the window and drove away.
“Interface violence is bad enough and it can lead to a very dangerous situation. We need parents to know where their children are, and if they find them getting involved, to take them home.
“A lot of this is designed to entice young nationalist youths onto interfaces and exacerbate the situation further.
“We’re hoping for a quiet weekend but we’re appealing for parents to help to keep numbers down.”

Journalist:: Staff Reporter

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