Flag group’s backing for renewed protests

Union flag

Union flag

A planned loyalist rally in Belfast in the run-up to Christmas is being backed by the Ulster People’s Forum (UPF).

The group was formed following a City Council decision taken last December to limit the number of days the Union Flag flies over the City Hall.

In a statement yesterday, the UPF said the November 30 rally had its “unreserved support” – as did calls for a renewal of the widespread protest activity.

“We encourage all protestors to be peaceful and remind those who seek to besmirch our cause that the flag of our country is worth more than our lives, never mind the mere economy,” it said.

Over 200 people have been arrested over flag protest-related offences to date.


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