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Paint attack on stall an outrage

I read with dismay your report "Stall paintbombed in Belfast protest" (November 17) which described how a group of cosmetics vendors were frighteningly attacked by red paint bombs while a doll was thrown which was allegedly daubed in red paint in order to protest actions in Gaza.

This 'protest' in CastleCourt shopping centre is an outrage and to target innocent Israeli people, businesses or shops over the actions of the Israeli government is no more justified than paint-bombing an Irish pub in Europe for unrest in the Republic.

I call on people to assure the vendors that not all Belfast people resort to such tactics by giving them a kind word or two of support, or simply say 'Shalom' which means 'hello' but also 'peace.'

Colin Nevin

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