Brid-Smith-2a-241x300In a statement, Bríd Smith TD of People Before Profit has condemned in the strongest possible terms the ‘disgusting and disgraceful’ racist attack that was committed against an Afghan family from Rathfarnham in Marley Park, Dublin on Thursday 5 May. Reports say that the attack was committed by a gang of five men.

Deputy Smith said “this is a disgusting, disgraceful and racist attack. I condemn it in the strongest possible terms. This behaviour has no place in Ireland and I am calling on the community in Nutgrove (where I was born and bred) to stand united against racial abuse and violence.”

The group, United Against Racism, have called a vigil against racist violence outside Nutgrove Shopping Centre on Tuesday 10 May at 7pm. Deputy Smith will be speaking at the event.

Deputy Smith continued to say that “it is very important that we, as a society, come out against these racist vigilantes.

“I think it needs to be made clear that these animals do not represent the people of this country. Having said that, as anti-racists, we must be on high alert and put measures in place to prevent future attacks like this.

“I am appealing to everyone in all communities across Ireland to show solidarity with this family and every ethnic minority in this country. We must say it loud and clear that everyone is welcome in Ireland and that who lives here belongs here. The attackers bring shame on this country.”