Celtic poster sparks sectarian pogrom
One man was thrown through a window as a loyalist mob attacked
the homes of three families in County Antrim at the weekend.
Nine people, five from the same family, and all but one
Catholic, were forced to flee their homes in Carrickfergus when
a gang set upon them.
Eight loyalists entered a house in the Thomas St area of the
town at around 7pm on Saturday and assaulted the male occupants.
One of the men was thrown through the front window onto the
street and suffered a broken nose, a broken cheekbone, cuts and
bruising. The second man was also set upon in the house and
suffered minor injuries.
At the time of the attack there were two children upstairs. A
poster hanging in a child's bedroom of Glasgow Celtic football
team, generally identified with the nationalist community, is
believed to have led to the attacks.
Two other homes were also attacked and the people living in both
properties were forced to flee and are now living in temporary
A woman who was in the house during the incident described the
episode as horrific.
"When we opened the door a whole gang pushed their way in,"
said. "They wrecked the house."
"They started beating (the two men) and calling them names, they
said they would burn us out.
"Eventually the police arrived. We knew we had to get out."
Sinn Fein councillor Oliver McMullan said of the attack:
"Intimidation is rife, there is a policy of trying to get
* Another County Antrim family fled their home today after it
came under gun attack in the early hours of this morning.
The bullets narrowly missed the children's bedrooms in a
miraculous escape for the family, who were all upstairs at the
The family were said to be shocked and have abandoned their home
in mainly loyalist Portrush.