Romania urges British authorities to prevent racist attacks
Romanian Foreign Ministry on Wednesday made an appeal to British authorities to take all necessary measures to prevent a repeat of Belfast incidents in which 115 Romanian residents took refuge on the nights of Tuesday and Wednesday due to racist attacks, Xinhua reported.
Residents in the southern part of the Northern Ireland Capital had to take refuge in the night of Tuesday to Wednesday in a church due to racist attacks.
According to the ministry, Romania's Embassy decided to take an ex-officio action and is in contact with the local authorities, the Police Department, the Romanian church and the Association of Romanians in Belfast Ballymena zone, as well as with family members of the victims in the attack.
So far, there were no requests for consular assistance and Romania's Embassy has no report of any persons wounded.
The attacks did not target the Romanian citizens specifically, but foreigners living in some Belfast zones in southern part of the Northern Ireland Capital, according to Romania's Foreign Ministry.
Racial tensions have risen since an international soccer match between Poland and Northern Ireland in March, with 50 people of Polish origin being forced to leave their homes in the south and east of the city in the past two months.
About 200 Romanian citizens of Roma origin live in the area, from which 115 have left after the recent attacks, some requesting repatriation.