[Sinn Fein]

5 September 2001

Adams calls for end to Holy Cross picket

Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams MP MLA commenting today on events at Holy Cross primary school said:

``There can be no excuse or justification for the sectarian abuse and violence directed at the children and their parents as they try to make their way to school.

``Children have a right to education and a right to travel to and from their school free from threat and intimidation.

``The blockade of the school and the loyalist protest should end now.

``The picket on Holy Cross primary school is being fuelled by elements of the DUP and the violence is from the UDA and is based on pure sectarian hatred.

``Sections of the media have sought to present this issue as one of `each side as bad as the other'. This is not true.

``There is an orchestrated sectarian campaign of bomb attacks, intimidation and gun attacks against catholic families and businesses and sports bodies and churches and now schools.

``This is a disgraceful situation that demands the strongest criticism from political leaders, church leaders, and civic society.'' ENDS

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