No coincidence loyalists are targeting shared housing schemes – Ó Muilleoir
Sinn Féin South Belfast MLA Máirtín Ó Muilleoir has today requested an urgent meeting of statutory agencies to respond to ongoing attempts by loyalists to use flags and banners to intimidate and harass Catholic and nationalists residents of the constituency.
He was speaking out after the erection of loyalist banners in shared housing schemes in South Belfast and the erection of UVF flags in Ravenhill Avenue.
These actions come just days after loyalists unveiled plans to erect flags on the Ormeau Road for three months against the wishes of the vast majority of local people.
He said: “It’s no coincidence that loyalists are targeting the shared housing schemes at Cantrell and Global. Theirs is the politics of division and subtraction. However, they cannot be allowed to defeat the vast majority of the people of Belfast who believe in the politics of addition and multiplication.
“Last year, the UVF in East Belfast forced several Catholic families to flee their homes at Cantrell. Shared housing and shared communities are a threat to the sectarian gangs who wish to divide our community. Everyone needs to stand with those at the receiving end of this intimidation.
“It’s crucial therefore that Radius Housing and the PSNI do more to counter the activities of these gangs.
“The political parties enabling the erection of flags to mark out territory and to intimidate and harass ordinary families need to speak out. The Green Party, in particular, needs to explain how this fits into the protocol they have endorsed with loyalist groups.”
I have Tweeted pics of UVF flags this morning.