'Authorities failing to deal with loyalist flags' - Ó Muilleoir
Sinn Féin MLA Máirtín Ó Muilleoir has accused the authorities of 'enabling behaviour which divides people and intimidates communities' by failing to deal with the erection of loyalist flags and emblems.
Commenting after loyalist flags and emblems were erected in the Lisburn Road, Finaghy, Carryduff and Ormeau Road, over recent days, Máirtín Ó Muilleoir said:
“These flags serve only to intimidate and divide our community and an indictment not just those who flaunt them against the wishes of the majority but an indictment also of the authorities, most notably the PSNI and Department of Infrastructure.
“While the police fail to act, the reality is that they know this marking out of territory has the support of paramilitary groups in south and east Belfast. Indeed, the main reason the Department of Infrastructure gives for not removing flags and banners from its property is fear of paramilitaries.
“There can be no turning back the clock in Belfast. Those who believe in shared, inclusive and diverse Belfast will not be pushed back into the dark days of division by yesterday’s men and women.”