Good Samaritan Church Has Windows Smashed

Country: United Kingdom

Date of incident: June 23, 2009

The Belfast church which had offered refuge to Romanian immigrants after a racisst attack was itself attacked.

Pastor Malcolm Morgan arrived at the church this morning to find several windows and the main glass doorway smashed. He said: “It would be easy to conclude that it was someone who did not like our work with the Romanians, but that is only guesswork. If it is, I think that is very sad. We had nothing but positive comments all last week — so many emails and local folk thanking us — so it was quite a surprise this morning,” he said. Northern Ireland Social Development minister Margaret Ritchie said the attack on the church was “outrageous”. She said: “I am saddened but not shocked by this outrageous attack on the church. The action of these mindless thugs greatly contrasts with the outpouring of warmth and generosity demonstrated by the people of Belfast towards the plight of the Romanians.” Source: