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Republicans blamed for paint bomb attack on Orange Hall

A Belfast Orange Hall has been targeted in an overnight attack.

A number of paint bombs were thrown at Clifton Street Orange Hall, near Carlisle Circus in the north of the city, during the early hours of Thursday morning.
 
The attack comes just days after members of the Institution took part in the annual City of Belfast Loyal Orange Widows Fund Service.

It is the latest act of vandalism on the property, which was targeted on numerous occasions last year following parades in the area.
 
Belfast County Grand Master, George Chittick, condemned the actions of the perpetrators and blamed republicans for deliberately attempting to raise tensions.
 
“We absolutely deplore the latest paint bombing of Clifton Street Orange Hall,” he said.
 
“Brethren in north Belfast have made great strides to make the hall a community facility for all and this attack was clearly carried out by people who have no respect or tolerance for a differing viewpoint. It is time for such wanton vandalism to stop - once and for all.”
 
Mr Chittick appealed for anyone with information regarding the attack to pass it on to the police as a matter of urgency.
 
He added: “I trust those public representatives who are quick to condemn the Orange Institution for peacefully upholding civil and religious liberty will be equally forthright in publicly denouncing those behind this wicked deed.”
 
A spokesperson for the Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland expressed regret at the incident.

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