C18 graffiti daubed on graves

Published Thursday, 18 June 2009
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The Republican plot at Miltown cemetery in Belfast has been desecrated with Combat 18 slogans.


Sinn Fein condemned the incident, which they link to racist attacks carried out in the south and east of the city where Romanian families were forced from their homes.

Sinn Fein west Belfast MLA Paul Maskey said:

"A considerable amount of damage has been done to the graves. This attack comes in the aftermath of a series of racist attacks on Romanian families in the city.

"The English fascist group Combat 18 has well established links with unionist paramilitaries in Belfast for many years.

"The racist attacks on the Romanian families all emanated from within unionist areas. Unionist political leaders must do more."

The graves targeted in the attack on Wednesday night included that of IRA hunger striker Bobby Sands who died in 1981 at the Maze prison.

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