Paramilitary flags must be removed, says Armstrong

Alliance Strangford MLA Kellie Armstrong has said two paramilitary flags erected outside Newtownards Courthouse should be removed immediately.

Ms Armstrong said the UFF flags had the potential to intimidate courthouse users after they were displayed outside the building over the weekend.

“It is appalling to see flags erected in support of any terrorist organisation. The vast majority of people want to see all paramilitaries depart the stage, as there is no justification for their continued existence, never mind marking out territory in this way.

“I have notified the PSNI and Courts Service, who have also received a number of complaints from the public. The placing of these flags in particular could interfere directly with the administration of justice, as they could intimidate anyone using the courthouse itself.

“People have the right to celebrate their culture but paramilitarism has no place in our society. We cannot turn a blind eye to the flying of such illegal flags and urgent action needs to be taken to remove them immediately.”

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