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PSNI must act of intimidatory flags in Antrim

10 August, 2009

Sinn Fein councillor, Anne Marie Logue, has demanded the PSNI take action to remove the Union flag erected outside of St Comgall's Catholic Church.

Speaking on the matter, Cllr Logue said, "The erection of this flag, only yards from Antrim PSNI station, was clearly motivated by sectarianism.

“ I , along with other Sinn Fein representatives, have been contacted by many parishioners and a number of non-catholic local residents who have been united in their anger and dismay that the flag was, firstly, erected and, secondly, that the PSNI has done nothing to remove the flag.
"There can be no doubt that the motivation behind the positioning of the flag outside of the Catholic Church was to intimidate Antrim's minority catholic community. The bombing of the home of a catholic family, as well as similar flag flying stunts and graffiti by loyalists in recent weeks, suggests a degree of premeditation and planning, with the clear aim being to intimidate and instil fear into the hearts and minds of the minority catholic population of Antrim.

“Flags and emblems need to be respected and not used as tools of intimidation. Sinn Fein has equally spoken against the painting of kerbstones by some from within the broad nationalist community and have made very clear our opposition to any such behaviour.

I have been told by the PSNI that they have the powers to remove this flag but refuse to do so. This is wholly unacceptable.  

"Sinn Fein is calling for the immediate removal of this flag by the PSNI, and we would also call on political and religious leaders within unionism and the local protestant churches to add their voices to protect the sanctity of places of worship."

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