Racist attacks in Belfast against Romanians: Two men have been arrested

    The number of racist incidents recorded in Belfast rose after the Northern Ireland Police launched an operation aimed at perpetrators of similar acts

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    Two men have been arrested in connection with a series of hate-crimes committed in eastern Belfast, where they have damaged cars and written racist messages towards Romanians and Slovaks on houses, reports the Belfast Telegraph’s on-line edition.

    According to the publication, the two men are aged 20 and 22. The investigators still do not know which group is responsible for the six attacks committed on Monday, but they do not exclude the hypothesis of a paramilitary-loyal involvement, wrote the publication.

    Chief Inspector Mark McEwan said: “These incidents, which took place last night, were intended to intimidate the families living in these homes.”

    The number of racist incidents recorded in Belfast rose after the Northern Ireland Police launched an operation aimed at perpetrators of similar acts, in early May.

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