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Northern Ireland politician Anna Lo warns of racist threats by loyalist far-right groups

MLA says letters warned of bomb threat against premises

A Hong Kong-born politician who champions the causes of ethnic minorities in Northern Ireland has been warned she is under threat of attack.

The Alliance Party’s Anna Lo, who has lived in Belfast for nearly 35 years, is the only member of the Northern Ireland Assembly who is from an ethnic minority background.

Yesterday, as Assembly members discussed a spate of racist and sectarian attacks in the region, she revealed she had been warned by police of a threat to attack her.

Ms Lo later said she also knew of threatening letters sent to Polish and Islamic centres in Belfast by loyalist far-right groups threatening to bomb at least one of the premises.

“People from ethnic minority communities are very frightened,” she said.

Ms Lo represents the south Belfast area where a series of attacks on Romanian families forced more than 100 people from their homes with most eventually leaving Northern Ireland.

It emerged last week that Ms Lo received threats in two letters and two emails but yesterday she told the Assembly she had now been warned by police of further threats.

“Myself and a large number of ethnic minority people this weekend and today have received serious threats upon our safety,” she said.

“I have never seen ethnic minorities so fearful in Northern Ireland.”

She appealed for the First Minister and Deputy First Minister to speed up efforts to agree a new government strategy to tackle racism and sectarianism.

Last night, Ms Lo said she was visited by police and told they had received a threat to attack her home.

She said police were told that a Chinese business, which has been targeted in the past, would also be attacked.

The Police Service of Northern Ireland said it could not comment on individual cases.

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