Anger over Parachute Regiment flags

Published Thursday, 30 January 2014
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Parachute Regiment flags are being flown in a loyalist area of Londonderry ahead of this weekend's Bloody Sunday commemorations.

Anger over Parachute Regiment flags
The flags are being displayed from lampposts. (© UTV)

They were erected in Newbuildings on Tuesday in what Sinn Féin has described as an effort to heighten tensions within the community and "create a reaction".

It comes after a similar incident last January when the flag of the British Army regiment was displayed in the Fountain area, overlooking the nationalist Bogside, and other areas.

Most of those flags were subsequently taken down following appeals to unionist leaders.

Michael McCrossan, of Sinn Féin, said: "Given the history of the Parachute Regiment in this city and the upcoming anniversary of Bloody Sunday this weekend the erection of these flags is being seen as provocation in an effort to raise tensions in the Derry area.

"We now need to see leadership from within unionism to ensure that these flags are taken down as those who have erected them obviously did so to create a reaction from within the nationalist community.

"The people who erected these flags are only serving the interests of those opposed to the peace process and heightening community tensions in the city. This is now the time for clear leadership within the unionist community in order to reduce tensions."

Thirteen people died when British paratroopers shot civil rights marchers in Derry in 1972.

The Saville Report, published in 2010, declared all the victims to be innocent and Prime Minister David Cameron apologised in the House of Commons.

Events are due to be held at the end of January to mark the 42nd anniversary of the atrocity.

© UTV News
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140 Comments
Ryan in An Dun wrote (76 days ago):
@all things equal (ironic name as it's a loyalist view) don't be such an idiot. How many paras where killed on Bloody Sunday? How many? The British government are all about moving on as they have always done so their war crimes and crimes against humanity are forgotten. There is a long list of crimes that the British have been responsible for. But you don't see them with those red white and blue tinted glasses on you. You can honestly say as a Christian (or what ever religious affiliation, if any) that there is nothing wrong with that flag being flown? If so there's something seriously wrong with you. This is a ceremony for INNOCENT and UNARMED civilians shot dead by security forces. No matter what way you put it or twist it it's wrong.
John in Creggan wrote (77 days ago):
@Holly.I've read my comment twice & can see no justification for Republican killings & I will not apologise for fact checking before I comment. Enquiries into every killing attributed to the Troubles? Yes I would welcome them.
James in Comber wrote (78 days ago):
Glen in Belfast....well said couldn't have put it any better myself. Good man.
Tony in Belfast wrote (78 days ago):
Why are you not letting my comment show? Some bigots on this are writing with nothing but hatred on their mind and then you go ahead and dissallow comments with some actual sense behind them?
Sean Dq in Derry wrote (78 days ago):
My orignal comment has now been posted, I guess that It took several days due to the amount of comments posted on the topic.
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