McCartney calls for provocative Para flags to be taken down immediately

Sinn Féin Foyle MLA Raymond McCartney has said the erection of Parachute regiment flags in the city over the past week is provocative, disrespectful and intended to hurt the families of the victims of Bloody Sunday.


Raymond McCartney was speaking after more Parachute regiment flags were erected in the Newbuildings area on the eve of the anniversary of the killings.


The Foyle MLA said:

“We were contacted by a number of people at the weekend upset about the erection of these flags.


“Given the brutal history of the Parachute Regiment in this city the erection of these flags is provocative and disrespectful and clearly designed to hurt the families who had loves ones murdered and injured on Bloody Sunday.


“It is also an effort to raise tensions in the greater Waterside area at a time when many others are working night and day to ease community tension and build peace.

“I welcome the condemnation of this provocative gesture by some unionist leaders and I call on unionist leaders to ensure these flags are taken down immediately.”