ARC Statement explaining occupation of the' News of the World'

"This occupation of the News of the World offices has been called for by the Anti-Racism Campaign to protest at the sensationalised headlines in the News of the World on 7th June 1988. An article entitled "15,000 scroungers to flood Ireland" by John Moore and Valerie Hanley claimed that 15,000 Romanians were to come to Ireland.

"This was apparently based on "revelations" from a businessman named Pat McLoughlin, who it is claimed has close links with Romania. These close links turn out to be that he was previously married to a Romanian and has visited the country twice!

"This article claimed that Irish anti-racists were manuplulated by the Romanian mafia to brand "honest Irishmen like Justice Monister John O'Donoghue and Taoiseach Bertie Ahern as racists". It also falsely claimed that there are already 5,000 Romanian refugees in Ireland.

"This article hit a new low in sensationalism and outright lies in attmpting to whip up racial hatred. The Anti-Racism Campaign believes press reports of this type are responsible for the increased number of racist attacks taking place in Dublin. If this continues, it will be only a matter of time before someone is killed. There have been a number of serious injuries already in these attacks, and death threats have been issued to asylum seekers and members of our campaign."