Published Wednesday, 28 August 2013
Cleanup at the Orange Hall following a paint attack. (© Pacemaker)
A number of missiles were thrown at the building on Clifton Street around 7.00pm last night.
This is the fifth time the hall has been attacked since July of last year.
Meetings were taking place in the building at the time.
Belfast County Grand Master George Chittick condemned those responsible for the incident calling it a "deliberate and obvious attempt to raise tensions" ahead of the Royal Black Institution's Last Saturday parade in the area this weekend.
DUP Councillor Lee Reynolds said, "This is the latest attack on Clifton Street hall and it can only be described as a sectarian hate crime. It was particularly disturbing that it took place in broad daylight.
"It is part of an ongoing pattern by republicans to stoke up tensions. It is vital there is no retaliation to such provocative attacks and that it must be condemned by all.
"Anyone with information should provide it to the police. I call on leaders within our city to make it clear that Orange culture is not just to be tolerated but celebrated as part of our cultural diversity. The apprehension of the culprits and the rejection of their hatred by all would be the best response to this latest incident."
SDLP MLA Alban Maginness said: "The paint bomb attack on the Clifton Street Orange Hall is wrong and an extremely provocative act that only inflames tensions after a very challenging summer.
"It is totally unacceptable that the Hall has faced repeated attacks over the past year.
"Orangemen are entitled to enjoy their premises as anyone else should be and unjustifiable attacks of this nature are totally wrong.
"Attacking an Orange Hall in this manner does nothing to resolve the situation over parades"
The PSNI are investigating.
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