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Archibald appeals for de-escalation of Limavady tensions

9 August, 2018 - by Caoimhe Archibald

East Derry Sinn Féin MLA Caoimhe Archibald has called for a de-escalation of tensions in the Limavady area following a number of incidents overnight.

She was commenting after a group of loyalists attempted to remove tricolours in the town on Wednesday night but were prevented by police. Contractors also halted removing red white and blue paint from a roundabout after individuals arrived on the scene and began filming them.

Caoimhe Archibald said:

“There has been a steady increase in the number of flags, including paramilitary flags, being erected over recent weeks. Kerbstones have also been painted either red, white and blue or green, white and orange. None of that is helpful. It is only about marking out territory and has led to an increase in tensions in the town.

“Along with local Sinn Féin Councillors, I was on the ground meeting local residents and they are very concerned, particularly in light of last night’s incidents. There is a lot of fear that there could be a repeat tonight.

“I will be meeting with the PSNI and community groups today and I will be also seeking a united approach from all political parties towards a de-escalation of the situation.

“That has to involve a sensible approach to the flying of flags which is where all of this started. There should be proper agreed protocols in place regarding the flying of flags and I would appeal to political unionism to engage in establishing this.”

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