Durkan: Derry says ‘No’ to racism

Foyle Westminster candidate Mark Durkan speaking at the anti-racism rally in Derry.
Foyle Westminster candidate Mark Durkan speaking at the anti-racism rally in Derry.
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SDLP Foyle Westminster candidate Mark Durkan yesterday spoke at an anti-racism rally in Derry to protest against an attack earlier this week on an Egyptian member of staff at Cairo 24/7.

Speaking after today’s rally, Mr Durkan said: “Derry repudiates violence and prejudice of any sort.

“We count migrants as ‘one of us’ and we are glad that they have chosen Derry as their home.

“There is a clear statement in todays ‘people’s response’ to this incident.

“Such attacks tarnish the good name of this city and send out the wrong sort of message to visitors and those from abroad who decide to make Derry their home.

“We must therefore stand firm against prejudice in all its forms, and to any degree in our society.

“Greater efforts are also needed to tackle prejudice or intolerance not only at home but wherever it occurs – at school, at work, and even amongst our relatives and friends.

“Individually, we must ask ourselves what role each of us can play in building a society without prejudice and discrimination.

“Indeed, small individual actions taken together can make a very big and real difference.”