Tuesday 19 January 2021
Green Party NI Councillor Anthony Flynn has called for Belfast City Council premises to be made available for the Belfast Multi Cultural Association (BMCA) to continue its work.
The premises the Association had been using was damaged in an arson attack last Friday. Police are investigating the attack as a racially motivated hate crime.
Cllr Anthony Flynn said: “This was a disgusting attack on an association doing good work for people across our city.
“Just hours before the arson attack, volunteers were working within the BMCA premises to put together food parcels for others within our community.
“It’s right that our Council shows solidarity with the staff and volunteers of the BMCA and by extension, black and minority ethnic people across the city.
“I have suggested that Council Officers explore the feasibility of making the Ulster Hall or Waterfront Hall available to the BMCA on a temporary basis.
“The Council is exploring the idea at present and continuing to engage with the BMCA on what their needs are as they attempt to get back on their feet and continue their vital work.
“I’m really encouraged by how our city and its citizens have responded to this horrible attack. Those who carried out the attack don’t represent us, the out pouring of support since Friday shows the true spirit and nature of the people of our city.”
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