July 10, 2015
Good news from Northern Ireland!
Nazi and Confederate flags have appeared on lamp posts in County Antrim.
The flags are situated near a loyalist bonfire site on the Marshalltown Road in Carrickfergus.
Police confirmed on Wednesday afternoon they were aware of a further Confederate flag in the Bushmills area.
They appeared alongside loyalist paramilitary flags and the Union flag.
The PSNI said they were “aware of reports of several flags in the Carrickfergus area and are making enquiries”.
Alliance Party MLA Stewart Dickson condemned their appearance as an “incredibly sinister move“.
“Part of the celebration for the Twelfth of July incorporates the memory of thousands of Orangemen who gave their lives during the Second World War,” he said.
“For anyone to put swastika flags around a bonfire as part of their so-called celebration has taken a most sinister turn, and is flying in the face of everything that I ever understood the Orange Order to stand for. This requires the whole community to stand up and say ‘enough is enough’.”
“I would hope that the Orange Order would join me and other community leaders in Carrickfergus and say ‘this is not in our name and we don’t want these symbols of fascism rearing their head in our community’.”
An Orange Order spokesman said: “The Orange Institution is not responsible for the erection of these flags in Carrickfergus. Public representatives, including Mr Dickson, have a role to play and should not shirk their responsibilities if there are concerns within certain communities regarding particular flags and symbols.”
What one should note here is that it takes very little effort to get wide-scale media attention. All this guy did was fly a couple of flags, and here it is being talked about across the planet.