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Memorial used to undermine flag protest - Bryson

Jamie Bryson

Jamie Bryson

A WEEKLY flag protest at belfast CIty Hall looks set to go ahead, despite a call for it to be cancelled due to a parade to mark the IRA murder of two soldiers.

UUP leader Mike Nesbitt urged Union flag supporters not to stage their weekly demonstration due to the parade to commemorate the murder of UDR soldiers James Cummings and Fred Starrett on Royal Avenue on February 24 1988.

Chairman of the Ulster People’s Forum Jamie Bryson said “no one from within the PUL community would ever do anything that would in anyway demean the memory of the UDR”.

However, he said he would not be telling the protestors to call off their demonstration.

“Neither I nor the UPF organise the protests, they belong to the people on the ground therefore I have no right to tell anyone to stop peacefully protesting,” he said.

“I believe there is cynical attempt to try an use the Protest to undermine the UDR parade and vice Versa.

“Let’s be clear the aim of this is to bounce me and the UPF into the Unionist forum and get the protests of the streets. One thing is for sure, no one from within the PUL community would ever do anything that would in anyway demean the memory of the UDR.

“The entire PUL has nothing but the utmost respect and admiration for the sacrifice of the brave men of the UDR so attempts to somehow divide protestors from that will fail miserably.”

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