Armitage calls for paramilitary banner to be taken down

Alliance Councillor David Armitage has called for a newly-erected paramilitary banner in East Belfast to be taken down.

The UVF banner was displayed over My Lady’s Road. Councillor Armitage, who has reported it to police, said it should not have been put up in the first place.

“This banner is nothing more than an act of intimidation and should not have been put up in the first place,” he said.”

“It is designed to do nothing more than attempt to showcase control over the area by an illegal paramilitary organisation. The majority of people here do not want to see it, instead wanting to live in an area open to everyone in the community and free of the poison of paramilitarism.

“I have reported this banner to the police, while my party colleagues, including Naomi Long MLA, are seeking an urgent meeting with the PSNI over a number of issues, including intimidation such as this. All banners and flags glorifying all paramilitaries are wrong. We need to see an end to all paramilitary activity and for every group to leave the stage completely.”

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