Published Thursday, 08 August 2013
Belfast Lord Mayor Máirtín Ó Muilleoir protected by police in north Belfast. (© UTV)
The Sinn Féin's representative was forced to flee the ceremony at a children's playpark in Woodvale Park in the Shankill area on Tuesday after he was mobbed by an angry crowd.
He has since vowed to continue to represent all the citizens of Belfast.
Mr Bloomberg, who met the lord mayor in New York shortly after his election, gave his backing to Mr Ó Muilleoir in refusing to be intimidated.
His message declared: "Our city stands squarely with him and all those who are working for unity and progress in Belfast and across Northern Ireland."
Nine police officers were injured during the scuffles which broke out at Woodvale Park.
Mr Ó Muilleoir was checked in hospital and was said to be "sore" afterwards.
It later emerged that the DUP had written to him warning him not to go to the event.
The lord mayor responded by saying: "My schedule will be set by the officers, by those who invite me and on the advice, always, of the PSNI. So there may be some elements within the DUP who wish to set my schedule for me but I'm not going to accept that."
The attack came amid heightened tensions in Belfast following the Twelfth of July and in the wake of changes to the flag-flying policy at City Hall.
It was condemned by politicians including the DUP while PSNI North Belfast Area Commander Chief Inspector Andy Freeburn branded it "appalling".
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