A young boy (15) who was attacked in October, after he came to visit his grandmother in hospital who is terminally ill, suffered two fractures to his skull and cuts and bruises to his face after he was assaulted along the Albertbridge Road in East Belfast. The attack took place at around 6pm and was allegedly carried out by a group of young people from the Short Strand area. Another sectarian attack took place later that night after an elderly woman living in the Short Strand was injured in her home when a group of young people threw a brick through her window.
Naomi Long’s Alliance Party office was also targeted in a hoax bomb attack that according to Sinn Féins Niall O Donnghaile was “intended to redirect officers from the interface”. After four nights of violence on the streets residents from both sides of the community have made pleas for the attacks to stop. Sinn Fein councillor Niall O Donnghaile accused police of “losing control of the situation” while Ulster Unionist MLA Michael Copeland said: “The main issue being raised with me by constituents is the lack of information coming from the police”. The reality is the PSNI are incapable of stopping sectarian attacks and in fact tend to raise tensions at flashpoints. Only local cross-community action by ordinary residents working together can stop sectarian attacks at interfaces.
Sixteen years after the Good Friday Agreement recent statistics reveal that 65% of young people do not believe that peace has been achieved and a further 40% believe that we will see a return to all out violence in our lifetime. Quite frankly these statistics are shocking and really illustrate the disillusionment young people have with the main parties and why it is necessary to build an alternative party to those that offer nothing but austerity and sectarian division.
Sectarian parties cannot provide solutions
Workers are told they must wait for a functioning executive to be restored before pay increases can be negotiated, women and LGBTQ+ people are told they must wait for a local assembly to grant abortion rights and marriage equality.
NI Labour thrown into crisis
Unfortunately, the Labour Party in Northern Ireland hit the headlines for all the wrong reasons in early August, with six members of its Executive Committee suddenly resigning their positions, allegedly because of other left groups – People Before Profit (PBP) and the Socialist Party – organising within the party.
RHI all over again – NIRO and the abuse of ‘green’ energy
The scandal around the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme was a key factor in the collapse of Stormont in early 2017. The scheme allowed claimants to profit through perverse ‘burn to earn’ incentives, completely undermining its supposedly green purpose. It seems, however, that RHI was only the tip of the iceberg.
UNITE AGAINST SECTARIAN CONFLICT
Socialist Party leaflet (10 August 2013) STOP SECTARIAN POLITICIANS STIRRING UP DIVISION STOP ALL SECTARIAN ATTACKS UNITE TO…