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Tuesday, 30 June 2009
Anna Lo, UK's first Chinese politician under threat from Northern Ireland racists
Having chased out 100 Romanians from Belfast, racist loyalists in Northern Ireland have set their sights on Anna Lo, the United Kingdom's first Chinese-born politician elected to national Parliament, and the sole ethnic minority member of the Northern Ireland Assembly.
According to a report in the Belfast Telegraph, police have warned her that she is under threat of attack.
Far right groups have also threatened Polish and Islamic centres in Belfast. Brain-bogglingly, some of these charmers are said to fly the flag of Israel beside their own. Go figure!
It's hard to understand why there's been a revival of old hatreds with foreigners now added to Catholics as fuel for bigots. How would they like it if decent hard-working Protestants who work abroad were given the same treatment? Actually, come to think of it, they probably wouldn't even care.
Anna Lo is incredibly brave and I hope she gets maximum support from everyone who wants peace in that beleaguered nation.
Hat tip Splinty