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GUEST,Roger Knowles BS: Protest and the Flag (25) RE: BS: Protest and the Flag 20 Jan 13

There has been an ongoing problem over in Ulster for the past six weeks regarding the flying of the Union flag at Belfast City Hall.

So called loyalists have taken to the streets in illegal protests. Police have confirmed that the protesters come from the ranks of the British National Party and Loyalist paramilitary groups such as the U.V.F, U.D.A. AND U.F.F. (such a nice combination).

Shopkeepers and businesses are suffering (in protestant areas), the police have been criticized for their light handed approach to loyalists who have opened fire on them, filmed throwing petrol bombs at them and burning cars and properties. The reason given is,90% of the PSNI live in loyalist areas and refuse to take the same approach to rioters as they do against nationalists during times of civil disturbance.

Loyalists in Ulster must show restraint, they also must understand that the B Specials, Ulster Defence Regiment and Royal Ulster Constabulary have all been disbanded by the British government as all were considered to be sectarian. Much in the same why the Unionists lost control of the Stormont government back in 1972 when Direct Rule was introduced.

Loyalists seem to have a problem with the democratic process. Sinn Fein now hold considerable power, their members are now ministers in the local assembly and control important departments such as education.

It is so sad that Unionist/loyalist community in Ulster can't accept change and realise that the days of treating Catholics as second class citizens in education, housing and employment are long gone.

Let us hope they realise this before someone loses their life.

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