Hazzard calls for removal of Annalong ‘Soldier F’ banner
Sinn Féin MP Chris Hazzard has called for the removal of a controversial ‘Soldier F’ banner from the village of Annalong.
The South Down MP said:
“The appearance of this illegal banner supporting ‘Soldier F’ - the former British soldier facing murder charges in connection with Bloody Sunday - is a clear attempt at intimidation.
“Annalong is a quiet coastal community, home to people from all backgrounds and at this time as we approach the summer holidays, it attracts visitors from all over.
“The erection of this illegal banner is both provocative and offensive and is designed to cause hurt.
“The tacit support for these banners voiced by the DUP is adding to their proliferation across the North.
“Those in positions of leadership in both political and civic unionism need to come out clearly and state their opposition to this banner and other similar ones right across the north and call for their removal.”