Sinn Féin Councillor Niall Ó Donnghaile has called on Unionist leaders in east Belfast to send a clear message that the people of the Short Strand must be respected.
Speaking after union flags were erected outside St Matthew’s Church and homes along Strand Walk Cllr Ó Donnghaile said:
"Once again we see people in this community being subjected to attempts at intimidation by others hell bent on marking territory.
“Union flags have only recently been removed from this stretch of the road in October. Last night’s activities are nothing more than an attempt to intimidate and heighten tensions in an already difficult period.
“I would call on unionist leaders in this part of the city to finally state clearly that the age old resort within Loyalism, to attack and seek to intimidate people in the Short Strand, can no longer be tolerated.
“I will work with all those in the east of the city who are determined to ease tensions and improve community relations, in spite of attempts by others to undermine that work.”