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Racist Northern Ireland Facebook webpage closed

A webpage containing hate-filled racist abuse against Roma rose-sellers in Northern Ireland has been shut down by Facebook.

Earlier this week the Belfast Telegraph reported how the group had attracted 16,000 members.

Among the posts on the website are: “dont be so horrible those poor smelly theifing (SIC) c**** they might feel unwelcome and f*** off back home haha”. After being contacted by this newspaper, Facebook said it would remove the page.

A spokesperson said: “We have removed the group as it violated our statement of rights and responsibilities.

SDLP MLA Conall McDevitt, who came across the site, welcomed its removal.

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