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Romanians flee homes after racist attacks in South Belfast

South Belfast, BBC -- A five-day-old girl is among more than 100 Romanian people who have spent the night in a church hall after fleeing their homes in south Belfast.

The group of about 20 families said they left their homes in the Lisburn Road area after suffering racist attacks for almost a week.

Anna Lo, an assembly member for the Alliance Party in south Belfast, said the families were "very frightened".

A meeting will be held later to find emergency housing for those affected.

Bernie Kelly, from Belfast Health and Social Care Trust, said it had been a very traumatic experience for the families.

"The whole thing has escalated very quickly," she said.

"Working with the police and all the agencies together we are going to have to find a resolution."

The BBC's Mark Simpson said that in some parts of Belfast racism had become the new sectarianism.

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Added: Jun-17-2009 Occurred On: Jun-16-2009
By: komakazzi
Tags: Romanians, flee, homes, racist, attacks, South Belfast
Location: Belfast, Belfast, United Kingdom (UK/GB) (load item map)
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