Cops probe NF link to threats

By Stephen Breen in Sunday Life, Feb. 8th 2004.

MEMBERS of a local left-wing party have been caught up in south Belfast's race hate campaign.

Campaigners from the Socialist Party were threatened after distributing anti-racist leaflets in the Donegall Road area.

Racists made phone threats warning party members to "stay away" from the loyalist stronghold.

It's understood cops are probing the theory the threats may have come from local National Front supporters.

Peter Hadden, of the Socialist Party, hit out at those responsible for the threats.

He said: "We have been on the streets regularly since these attacks, and because of this, some of our members have been threatened.

"We think they may have been made by people linked to far-right groups. Some of our people in Coleraine have also received threats from racists in the White Nationalist Party, and some names have been placed on racist websites.

"We will not be deterred, and will continue to combat racism in all parts of Northern Ireland."

South Belfast PUP spokesman, Tom Morrow, slammed the threats against the Socialist Party.

"The PUP is opposed to threats made against anyone who is trying to combat the problem of racism in south Belfast."

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