The rioting, bonfires and violence of recent days has been branded “the unwanted legacy of paramilitaries”
Workers Party North Belfast representative Chris Bailie said , “what we have witnessed this week is reminiscent of the worst days of the troubles. There was no excuse for it then and there is no excuse for it now”
“What we are witnessing”, said Chris “is the disaffected youth of today mimicking the actions and behaviours of paramilitary gangs from the 70s, 80s and 90s”
Ironically those former paramilitaries and those who support them have now moved on. They have pulled the ladder up behind them and are now happy to sub contract the resolution of problems they helped to create.
Condemning the burning and destruction in North Queen Street and other areas across the city Chris said, “there can be absolutely no justification for what we have seen and experienced this week”
“We are looking at a generation of disaffected youth with all the problems that involves. These issues can only be resolved by investment, jobs, training and the development of the community infrastructure.”, said Chris
“Many of the affected areas have been represented by Sinn Fein Councillors and MLAs for well over twenty years.
“To think that these issues can be addressed by appointing contractors and calling for evictions is the response of a party that cares for little other than itself alone”, Chris concluded