NORTHERN IRELAND’S police force is voicing concern over several recent violent episodes against the country’s Portuguese community, which they say are “clearly motivated by racism”.In Portadown, South Belfast, this week, eight Portuguese escaped from a house fire, which could very easily have ended in tragedy. Police have guaranteed the safety of the victims, but have been unable to catch those responsible for the arson attack.
The incident occurred after several rubbish bins were set alight and placed at the door to the house of the Portuguese family, causing a major fire. Luckily, firemen were able to bring the blaze under control and the whole family managed to escape. Two women and a child were later treated for shock. Due to the motive and seriousness of the attack, police have moved the family to a safe house for their own protection.