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Time to stand united against this thuggery

A few years ago, Northern Ireland Protestants were accused of Nazism and were indignant that anyone would dare make such a charge.

What else could you call the events of the last couple of days, with jumped-up thugs (read stormtroopers) destroying hard-working, decent people's homes and driving them out just because of their religion, or the fact that they come from a different country, or the colour of their skin?

All they are trying to do is make a life for themselves and their families. What type of a country have we become that we let this happen and do nothing?

Have we become so ingrained and apathetic that we can't see how wrong this is? Is there no-one to stand up and be counted for these victims and to say 'not in our name'?

Just once, wouldn't it be wonderful to see on the news - and for the rest of the world to see - people from Northern Ireland standing shoulder-to- shoulder with these victims and protecting them from these vermin?

Maybe then we could, for once, hold our heads up instead of burying them in the sand.

ASHAMED

Bangor, Co Down

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