Anti-immigration signs spark hate crime probes in Northern Ireland
UNITED KINGDOM POLICE ARE INVESTIGATING A SO-CALLED “HATE CRIME” AFTER ANTI-IMMIGRATION SIGNS WERE POSTED THROUGHOUT BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND.
SIGNAGE POSTED IN THE AREA STATES THAT THE COMMUNITY “WILL NO LONGER ACCEPT THE RE-HOUSING OF ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS.”
IT’S THE SECOND INVESTIGATION INTO SIMILAR SIGNAGE THIS MONTH ACROSS NORTHERN IRELAND’S CAPITAL CITY.
POLITICAL LEADERS HAVE CONDEMNED THE SIGNS BUT HAVE EXPRESSED CONCERNS ABOUT HOUSING IN THE AREA, LEADING TO “RESENTMENT AND ANGER.”
NORTHERN IRELAND SECRETARY of state CHRIS HEATON-HARRIS ENCOURAGED ELECTED OFFICIALS TO HELP TEMPER RHETORIC AS A MEASURE AGAINST AN INCREASE OF ANTI-IMMIGRANT EXTREMISM.
[CHRIS HEATON-HARRIS | SECRETARY OF STATE]
“We need to as a society have a proper debate about migration, immigration, what we need in skills and how we treat people and what pressures it brings to our domestic services. These need to be articulated by mainstream politicians because if we don’t articulate them then we do leave a vacuum for other people who might not be as benign as we are.”
IT COMES IN THE WAKE OF RISING TENSIONS AFTER AN ALGERIAN NATURALIZED CITIZEN WAS ACCUSED OF STABBING THREE CHILDREN AND A CARETAKER OUTSIDE A DUBLIN CATHOLIC PRIMARY SCHOOL LAST WEEK. SOCIAL MEDIA COMMENTATORS INCORRECTLY IDENTIFIED THE ALLEGED ASSAILANT AS AN UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRANT, LEADING ANTI-IMMIGRATION RIOTERS TO SET FIRE TO DUBLIN’S CITY CENTER.
DAYS BEFORE THE RIOT, HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE GATHERED IN ROSSLARE IRELAND TO OPPOSE PLANS TO CONVERT A SECOND HOTEL INTO REFUGEE ACCOMMODATIONS.
IRELAND SAW A NEARLY 900-PERCENT INCREASE IN REFUGEES LAST YEAR.