[Sinn Fein]

13 July 1998

Attacks and intimidation continue despite deaths

Sinn Fein Chairperson Mitchel McLaughlin today reiterated the party's call for an end to sectarian attacks on Catholics and an end to the Drumcree siege.

Speaking as Catholic families were moving out of the Ballymoney estate Mr. McLaughlin said:

``Despite the deaths of three children sectarian attacks continued on the homes and property of Catholics across the six counties last night.

``Catholic families living in isolated areas alongside their Protestant friends and neighbours, such as the Quinn family, are living in fear due to increasing and continuing attacks and intimidation around the Drumcree siege. They have received threats, been attacked, been sent bullets in the post and today some are moving their families and children out of their homes.

``The decision of the Portadown Orangemen, backed by the Grand Lodge, to remain at Drumcree has a direct bearing in all of these attacks. Last night seven families were attacked in their homes. This nightmare has to end now before another family are burnt to death. Those responsible for the siege must realise this and immediately call a halt to it.''ENDS

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