Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 23 July 2014

Attack on nuns' car in Belfast was sectarian, says UPRG

A "disgusting" attack on a car used by nuns living in a unionist area of Belfast was sectarian
A "disgusting" attack on a car used by nuns living in a unionist area of Belfast was sectarian

A "disgusting" attack on a car used by nuns living in a unionist area of Belfast was sectarian, a community worker has said.

It's believed the vehicle was targeted by those coming through the interface gate from the nationalist Springfield Road to Workman Avenue in the Woodvale area at around 9pm yesterday.

The windscreens and side windows were smashed on the car used by the two nuns who live at the property.

A similar attack at the same home in July was blamed on republican youths.

West Belfast UPRG representative Gerald Solinas slammed the sectarian attack.

"I would call on all nationalist and republican community workers to condemn this despicable, unprovoked and intimidating attack," he said.

"Those responsible came through the gate at the interface deliberately. The nuns told me they couldn't understand why they were continuously being picked on, especially now in the run up to Christmas.

"They were very shaken and understandably upset."

"This is the fourth or fifth time they've been targeted in the past eight or so years.

"It's disgusting, it's sectarian and it's wrong."

The West Belfast UPRG stated "this was the second attack on this Catholic nuns' property in three days. The irony is this lady has been welcomed to Ainsworth with open arms."

Mr Solinas said the PSNI removed the car to a local station for safekeeping.

"The ladies are safe but badly shaken."

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