Belfast Telegraph

KKK graffiti in Belfast attempt 'to frighten and intimidate people'

By Gareth Cross

Racist graffiti depicting a hooded man with the letters 'KKK' has been painted on a wall in Belfast.

Green Party rep Brian Smyth has condemned the racist graffiti that has been painted in the Ravenhill Road area.

The Green Party rep has contacted Belfast City Council to report the sinister graffiti just off London Road.

The incident comes after racist leaflets from a group calling itself Generation Sparta were put through letterboxes in the Ravenhill area earlier this month.

“This disturbing graffiti has been daubed on the wall with only one intention – to frighten and intimidate people who have every right to live their lives in peace,” the Lisnasharragh rep said.

“There is an ongoing pattern in this area where homes and cars have been singled out for attacks in recent months, not to mention the racist leafleting, and we will be meeting the PSNI later this week to raise these issues.

“It is clear that a small group of trouble-makers are intent on building an atmosphere of fear and tension in the area."

Mr Smyth said that residents would be worried by the incident.

“Belfast is a city that welcomes people from different backgrounds and I would appeal to residents in the area to keep an eye out and support their neighbours. This city is for everyone," he said.

“Families are still dealing with the fallout from previous racist incidents in this area and the Green Party is doing everything it can to help.

“If any residents in the Ravenhill area ever have a query or need support, give me a shout at bcssmyth@gmail.com and I'll do what I can.”

A Belfast City Council spokeswoman said the graffiti would be removed as soon as possible.

 “We received a report from a member of the public about this graffiti and our cleansing team are working to remove it as soon as possible,” she said.

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