Speaking in Strasbourg tonight Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson will inform the European Parliament of the situation in the North of Ireland since December the 3rd when Belfast City Council democratically voted to fly the British Union flag at the City Hall only on 17 designated days. Speaking to the Parliament Ms Anderson will tell them:
"Unionist politicians stirred up tensions in the run-up to the Council vote when they distributed 40,000 leaflets in Alliance Party colours calling on people to protest the change in policy on flying the Union flag on Belfast City Hall. This resulted in almost daily protests over the past six weeks, many of them violent and most of them illegal.
"The loyalist paramilitary group the UVF & right wing British National Party have been actively involved, with police being attacked and injured, and attempts made to attack nationalist districts.
"Rather than Unionists political Leaders establishing a “Unionist Forum”, what is needed is an all-party, cross community response to the flag protests and the violence.
"The promise of the Good Friday Agreement for a new society in which all citizens are respected, and where justice and equality are the guiding principles, has to be advanced.
"It is clear that the overwhelming majority of people want the Irish Peace Process supported and progressed. That's what everyone should be working towards."