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McNamee condemns erection of ‘Bloody Sunday’ Parachute Regiment flags in Cookstown

25 March, 2019 - by John McNamee

Sinn Féin Councillor for Cookstown John McNamee has condemned the erection of Parachute Regiment Flags in the town centre at the weekend that glorify the Bloody Sunday massacre.

Councillor McNamee said:

“I have received a large number of complaints since these flags went up over the weekend. While I’m aware that similar flags have been erected elsewhere those erected in Cookstown have a more sinister message on them.

“The flags I have seen have the message ‘Londonderry 1972 No Surrender’ emblazoned on them which is an obvious reference to the Bloody Sunday Massacre carried out by the Parachute regiment in Derry on 30th January 1972.

 “This is a deliberate act to cause further trauma and distress to the families of those murdered on that day.

"In my opinion the erection of these flags is a hate crime and I am calling for their immediate removal.  

“I am also calling on the PSNI to investigate those responsible for this hate crime as these flags were erected in full view of the town’s CCTV cameras.”

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