This all makes depressing reading. Stand out comments include:
SOMETIMES IT'S THE ONLY WAY TO GET THINGS DONE!...which was posted by 'upthearse' - appropriately, as that's where his comment seems to come from. And then there's the twisted logic of 'mickey1':
lETS HAVE A COLLECTION AND SEND THEM HOME,I AM FED UP WITH THESE PEOPLE BEGGING AND HARRASING PEOPLE,SEND THEM HOME....who is attacking the victims for 'harrasing [sic] people'. Go figure.
'Comfortablynumb' says this is 'very understandable' and prays for more of the same: 'I just know it isn't going to be the last we hear of it will it be here next...with a bit of luck?'
'elmlea22' decides to go for the insightful: 'GREAT... Bet they will come to the UK now' - proving s/he's such a patriot, they don't even know what the UK is.
The BNP has put out a press release entitled 'BNP Leader Condemns Belfast Anti-Gypsy Violence and Immigration Policy Which Allows It to Happen'. And yes, it does contain a vague condemnation of the attacks:
No one wants to see any person attacked and for that reason all right-minded people will condemn the attacks over the past few days.Which echoes the 'I'm not racist but'-type comments from the Sun morons. But it also contains a series of vile anti-Gypsy sentiments and innuendos about crime perpetrated by Gypsies. It says:
We also have to bear in mind that the Gypsy community is notorious for its extremely high rate of criminality and anti-social behaviour...I am quite sure that the people of Belfast are reacting to what they see as provocation from the Gypsy invasion of their city, and while I cannot support their reaction, I think that it was fairly predictable, given what everyone knows about Eastern Europe’s Gypsy population.So the BNP and the people who comment at the Mail and Sun agree - it's all the fault of the Romanians.