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February 5, 2023

Two men arrested over racist hate attacks against Romanians in Belfast

Two men-aged 20 and 22 – have been arrested in connection with a series of race hate attacks in east Belfast. Homes and cars were damaged and graffiti daubed on walls in east Belfast in a spate of linked hate crimes against Romanians and Slovakians, police said.
Investigators said it was too early to say which group was responsible for the trouble on Monday – which included six attacks – but have not ruled out loyalist paramilitary involvement. “These incidents which took place last night were designed to intimidate families within those homes,” superintendent Mark McEwan told  ‘Belfast Telegraph’.
Romania’s Foreign Ministry (MAE) had informed on Wednesday that the Police Service of Northern Ireland are investigating recent attacks against Romanians and other Eastern Europeans in Belfast, Northern Ireland, to establish whether or not they can be considered hate crimes. ‘MAE trusts the local authorities to clarify as soon as possible the circumstances in which the incidents occurred, voicing expectation that such actions will not go unpunished and the North-Irish authorities will take the necessary measures for such situations not to escalate,’  read the release.
Information so far indicates that the incidents involved attacks against Polish, Slovakian and Romanian nationals in Eastern Belfast that included breaking home windows and damaging cars.

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