Northern Ireland continues to see sectarian attacks

Church leaders call for end to violence
Sectarian attacks in Northern Ireland were showing no sign of abating by the end of August, despite a recent declaration by the Irish Republican Army that it will lay down its arms, according to both Catholic and Protestant communities reporting attacks.

The leader of the (Anglican) Church of Ireland, Archbishop Robin Eames, said in a statement August 29 that there was “no justification or excuse” for the daily attacks.

“Innocent people and families are facing danger to their lives simply because of their religion or political identity,” he said. “Protestants and Roman Catholics must reject and condemn all attacks made under the guise of Loyalism [from the Protestant side] or republicanism [from the Catholic community],” he said.


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