Sinn Féin councillor Brenda Chivers has said there can be no place for racial intolerance in our society.
Brenda Chivers was speaking following a ‘protest’ at a meeting of Causeway Coast and Glens council last night against plans to settle Syrian refugees in the area.
“The dismal turnout at this so-called protest shows the lack of support for racial intolerance.
“The motive behind this protest is abhorrent, racism has no place in our society; displays of racism in any form are unacceptable and wrong.
“There is an onus on local political and community leaders to stand together and speak with one voice in opposition to those attempting to stoke up racial hatred and tensions.
“Causeway Coast and Glens is preparing to showcase the north coast to thousands of people who will come here to enjoy the Open Golf Tournament and the festivities which surround it.
“This is a huge opportunity for businesses in the town, for tourism and to highlight all that is great about this region.
“We have to ensure a small minority of racists get the message loud and clear their displays of hatred are unacceptable to, and are not reflective of, the people of this area and wider society.”
Protestors entered the chamber and then left without incident. The former leader of the National Front, Northern Ireland Mark Brown, spoke to McAuley Multimedia.
Causeway Coast Community would like to make clear that the council have nothing to do with the resettlement of refugees. That is a matter for Westminster and Stormont.