The most recent day light incursion
into the Lower Ormeau by more than 30 masked loyalists
and last week's paramilitary style attack that left
one nationalist youth requiring hospital treatment
as he and his friend were walking home pass the "Gasworks"
has many locals on fullest alert. Particularly, when
such attacks are largely unreported in the media or
readily dismissed as the start of the "Silly
according to locals, a community "rumour mill"
is fast becoming their only "reliable" source
of information about the growing loyalist attacks
against members of the community. Because, nationalists
they say, believe that a media play-down on unionist
violence exists to create an image of a peaceful Orange
Tuesday (15th June 2004), 2 Lower Ormeau youths were
set upon and beaten by more than 4 known loyalists,
who emerged from a van in the Gasworks Complex wielding
baseball bats and iron bars.
one of the loyalists involved in this attack is also
believed to be a Youth Leader who recently attended
a local cross community weekend involving youth living
in the communities at the South Belfast, Lower Ormeau
/ Donegal Pass interface.
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