Anger as Confederate flag spotted flying in Lisburn

The erection of Confederate flags in the Lisburn area has been condemend by a local MLA.

Wednesday, 21st June 2017, 10:56 am
Updated Wednesday, 21st June 2017, 3:18 pm
Lagan Valley MLA Pat Catney has called for the confederate flag to be removed.

The controversial flag has appeared on a lamp-post on the corner of Brokerstown Road and Knockmore Road.

SDLP Lagan Valley MLA Pat Catney has voiced his disgust and called on the flags to be removed.

Mr Catney said: “A number of deeply concerned residents have contacted me, appalled that a flag representing the enslavement of over three million people has been erected in Lisburn.

“What kind of message does this send to people from around the world who have chosen to make Lisburn their home? This is a direct insult to those who have come here to live and work as part of our local community.

“Are we to say that the politics of racism and slavery are acceptable in Lisburn in 2017? Every right thinking person in our community will reject this. Every political representative should be explicit in their condemnation of this racist act.

“I will be contacting the PSNI to ask them to remove these flags immediately. This is clearly a hate crime and should be treated as such.

“My door will always be open to those of the many diverse backgrounds who make up our local community in Lisburn. They should not be intimidated by the erection of these flags.”