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4 October 2001 Edition

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Loyalist protesters abuse top Tory

The British Conservative Party's spokesperson on the North, Quentin Davis, was branded "fenian scum" when he remonstrated with loyalist protesters on the Upper Ardoyne Road on Tuesday 2 October.

Davis accompanied parents as they brought their children home from the Holy Cross school after he was asked by parents to walk with them to "see for himself" what it was like to endure the abuse hurled by loyalists.

Davis branded the loyalists "monsters", saying "we must take a stand for human and civilised behaviour. This type of behaviour has no place in a civilised society".

Said Davis: "They are completely frenzied in their hatred for the other community and it is very distressing to witness. We must take a stand for human and civilised behaviour. This type of behaviour has no place in a civilised society."

In the past week, there have been a number of violent incidents.

On Monday 1 October the loyalists increased the levels of abuse they directed at parents and children as they returned from school.

According to Sinn FÈin's Margaret McClenaghan, "children returning from Holy Cross were subjected to physical assault by loyalists.

"Children and parents were spat at and balloons filled with a 'vile liquid' were hurled at them. A number of parents and children were hit."

It is believed that the balloons were filled with urine.

McClenaghan criticised the RUC, saying that because they are allowing the loyalists to walk alongside the parents and children as they go to and from the school, they are in fact increasing the risk for such violence to occur.

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