Republican News · Thursday 25 May 2000

[An Phoblacht]

Taxi driver feared for his life

A taxi driver is the latest Catholic to be targeted by loyalists in North Belfast. The driver suffered a fractured elbow in the attack last Saturday morning, 20 May at 1am,.

The man, who does not want to be identified, had just dropped a regular customer in the predominantly loyalist White City area on the outskirts of North Belfast when a man who appeared to be drunk called to him.

The man shouted to the driver for a cigarette, probably to distract him. Then the man ran towards the taxi as three other men appeared from the side of a house.

As they tried to surround the taxi, the driver accelerated away but one of the men threw a breeze block through the passenger door of the cab injuring him. Two bottles were also thrown.

John Donnelly of Orchard taxis, which is a Catholic firm, believes the driver is lucky to be alive.

``Had the loyalists got to the man and attacked him with the breeze block there is little doubt that he would have been killed or at least badly injured'', said Sinn Féin councillor Danny Lavery.

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