31/05/2016

Vandals Deface Republican Memorial Stone In West Belfast

Vandals defaced a republican memorial stone at Milltown Cemetery in west Belfast.

Graffiti was sprayed on the stonework at the plot.

Sinn Féin MP Paul Maskey believes it was a "sectarian attack".

He said: "The Irish Proclamation at the memorial was spray painted and headstones were attacked. 

"All graveyards are sacred places and should be respected.
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"This attack is outrageous and does nothing other than cause distress to families whose loved ones are buried in the plot.

"I would like to commend the National Graves Association who tend to the Republican Plot and whose members are already involved in a clean-up of the graves.

"If anyone has any information about those responsible for this vile attack I would urge them to bring it forward to the police."

(CD)

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