Hate crimes slammed

Thursday, 15 June 2017

TWO "sectarian" hate crimes that occurred within two days of each other in Rasharkin and Finvoy have been roundly condemned by local politicians.
On Saturday afternoon a man was rushed to hospital after a petrol bomb thrown by three men in a silver car partially exploded on him at the Finvoy 11th night bonfire.
Two days earlier on Thursday night walls inside the grounds of St Mary's GAA club in Rasharkin were daubed with the loyalist graffiti 'no surrender' 'UVF' and 'FTP'.
Police say they are treating both incidents as hate crimes, with inquiries at an early stage.
Local representatives Sinn Fein MLA Philip McGuigan and DUP Alderman John Finlay have condemned both attacks, accusing the perpetrators of increasing tensions in the run up to the 12th.
The Orange Order have also sent a message of support to St Mary's GAA club in the wake of that incident, with Assistant Grand Master Lewis Singleton saying that such attacks do nothing but escalate community tension and perpetuate division.
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