Ó Muilleoir to challenge PSNI on Ormeau flags U turn
South Belfast MLA Máirtín Ó Muilleoir is seeking a meeting with the PSNI to discuss its U turn on a commitment given in 2014 about the flying of flags on the Ormeau Road in Belfast.
And Máirtín Ó Muilleoir has accused the PSNI of colluding with loyalists who erected the flags
Máirtín Ó Muilleoir said:
“I am disappointed and share the frustration of residents who have contacted me and my office from yesterday evening.
“In June 2014, taking into account the changed demographics and the deluge of complaints from residents, the PSNI publicly stated they would treat the erection of flags in parts of south Belfast as a breach of the peace.
“This public commitment was repeated by the PSNI in private engagements with residents and Sinn Féin representatives.
“However, when residents on the Ormeau Road contacted police (last night) when a large group of up to 20 people were erecting flags, the PSNI arrived and took no action other than to facilitate this act.
“The Ormeau Road is a vibrant, multicultural community which in many ways sets an example for the city. No one has the right to mark out territory in this intimidatory fashion.
“I understand that many of the individuals who erected the flags are not from the Ormeau area. Their actions are not reflective of the Ormeau community, nationalist nor unionist, who reject any effort to harm community relations in the area.
“I would encourage residents to voice their concerns to the PSNI by registering their complaint on 101 or by using the online non-emergency reporting form at https://www.urzone.com/NEIRF/Terms.aspx
“I will be seeking an urgent meeting with senior Belfast PSNI to raise my concerns that they have reneged on commitments and have colluded with this clear act of intimidation.”