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Justice Minister condemns attack on Belfast Lord Mayor 

Stormont Executive press release - Department of Justice

Justice Minister David Ford has condemned those who attacked Máirtín Ó Muilleoir and police officers in Belfast.

The Mayor was attending the opening of a new park in the Woodvale area. The official opening had to be abandoned. 

David Ford said: “I wholeheartedly condemn the attack on the Lord Mayor today. As Lord Mayor of Belfast, Máirtín was carrying out his civic duty on behalf of all the citizens of the city at what was supposed to be a very positive event for the Woodvale area. The event, which would have marked the official opening of the park, after significant investment, had to be abandoned and unfortunately it is now making the news for all the wrong reasons.

“I understand that nine police officers were also injured in what were disgusting scenes by a large unruly crowd. Police officers were punched, kicked and knocked to the ground as they policed a community event. I do hope they make a full recovery soon. The police will be investigating this incident with a view to identifying those responsible and bringing them before the courts.

“I have spoken to Máirtín to pass on my best wishes to him following the horrible scenes he faced today. Máirtín joined me in expressing concern at how the police also came under attack.

“Anyone going about their civic duty should be free to do so free from harassment, violence and intimidation. Such violence against elected representatives and the police must be condemned.”

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