Belfast Telegraph

Pig's head left at Islamic centre door

A pig's head has been left at the door of an Islamic centre in Northern Ireland.

Graffiti was also painted on the building in what police are treating as a hate crime.

The incidents happened overnight.

Amnesty International condemned those responsible.

Amnesty's Patrick Corrigan said: "Our solidarity goes to the local Muslim community, who were the targets of this vile attack, apparently fuelled by a hatred of Islam or of Muslims.

"Anyone with information about the attack should contact the PSNI.

"This is a hate crime and must be prosecuted as such by the authorities.

"In recent years this Islamic centre has been targeted by far-right activists."

He added: "When politicians fuel racist thinking, we should not be surprised when some people feel they have been given a license to act on their prejudices.

"Amnesty calls on Northern Ireland's political representatives to do all in their power to stand against hate and to ensure all minority communities feel welcome and able to live free from fear."

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