Racist Attacks Target Romanians in Belfast

Immigrants to Northern Irish capital fear for lives
By Jason Farago,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 17, 2009 7:15 AM CDT
Racist Attacks Target Romanians in Belfast
More than 100 Romanian people who were forced to flee their homes in south Belfast have been moved to a leisure center in the city.   (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)

More than 100 Romanian immigrants in the Northern Ireland capital of Belfast have been moved into a shelter after a series of racist attacks on their homes. A Protestant paramilitary group is suspected of orchestrating the violence, which has included bricks thrown through windows and death threats against a baby. "The whole thing has escalated very quickly," one social worker told the BBC.

The group of 115 Romanians, who include a 5-day-old infant, originally took shelter in a single house before being escorted by police to a church. Many have said they do not want to leave the shelter. "We are not going back to our house. It is not safe," said one immigrant. "We will stay here for a couple more days but I don't know after that." (More Romania stories.)

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