Anger after homophobic attacks after Newry Pride event

Posted by
info@newrytimes.com
Monday, September 5th, 2016
Community, News
There was widespread anger after what local politicians have described as a ‘homophobic attack’ in Newry on Saturday night. pride14According to the Pride in Newry Facebook page, five Pride committee members were involved and savagely beaten in a vicious attack in Newry on Saturday night. The post stated, “Our thanks go to the staff and security of Cobbles Newry for phoning the police and the ambulance and for providing CCTV evidence to the authorities. Our thoughts are with those who where injured and their friends and family. I am sure you will join with us in our outrage and wish those involved a speedy recovery. The status update added, “This type [of] incident thankfully is rare in Newry but serves as a reminder of the divisions and inequality that still exists in our society. Well done to all those who stood up and marched for equality on Saturday. Love will always overcome hate.” Reacting to the news, Sinn Féin MLA Megan Fearon said that the attack was a bitter end to what was a fantastic day. “The homophobic attack on Saturday was shocking and I condemn it outright. Those who attended Pride had a fantastic day at the march and at the Pride Ball so it is shocking to hear that five committee members suffered a horrific attack. Alliance MLA Paula Bradshaw said she was appalled at the attacks. The South Belfast MLA, who attended Saturday’s parade as part of the Alliance delegation, stated, “I and everyone else who participated in Saturday’s parade had a superb day during the event and it was great to see so many people take to the streets of Newry in order to celebrate Pride. “So it was appalling to hear the contrast of several of the organisers being both verbally abused and physically attacked in what appears to be homophobic assaults. She added, “My thoughts are with those who were injured in this attack and their loved ones. It is outrageous that people believe such attacks are justified purely because of someone’s sexuality. The thugs offer nothing to our society. If anyone has information on these incidents, I urge them to contact the police immediately.”
Article continues below:
September 2016SDLP Armagh Councillor Pete Byrne also spoke of his disgust. “The very essence of Pride is that everyone should be able to hold their head high and be treated with dignity and respect regardless of their sexual orientation. “Those who committed this heinous crime will not win. Our community has stood strongly together to face down bigots before and we stand together again now. Our resolve will not be diminished by cowardly thugs. “This once again underscores the urgent need for a robust sexual orientation strategy that challenges homophobic behaviour and supports those who suffer as a result. The LGBT community cannot continue to wait on dawdling Executive Ministers while people are being attacked in the street,” he added.

Would you like to advertise your business on Newry Times and reach thousands of people every day? Contact the Newry Times office on 028 4062 6520 or email Paul: editor@newrytimes.com

Both comments and pings are currently closed.

Comments are closed

-->

This website does not share personal information with third parties nor do we store any information about your visit other than to analyze and optimize your content and reading experience through the use of cookies. You can turn off the use of cookies at anytime by changing your specific browser settings.

We are not responsible for republished content from this blog on other blogs or websites without our permission. This privacy policy is subject to change without notice and was last updated on 16/01/2017. If you have any questions feel free to contact Newry Times by emailing editor@newrytimes.com

Log in