Loyalist protest outside Enniskillen Townhall
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Loyalist protesters gathered outside Enniskillen Townhall tonight (Friday). Photo by John McVitty.
A LOYALIST protest has taken place outside Enniskillen Townhall.
Up to 150 people gathered at the Diamond to listen to an address by TUV member Alex Elliott.
Mr Elliott said he was appearing at the "peaceful protest", hosted by Fermanagh Loyalist Forum, "as a loyalist, not a member of Traditional Unionist Voice".
Standing on the steps of the Townhall, Mr Elliott welcomed "fellow loyalists" and said: "Let all unionists stand shoulder to shoulder in this struggle".
Youngsters, many of whom were wearing scarves covering their faces, cheered as he criticised Sinn Fein and the SDLP who he claimed "stripped everything British from our Townhall".
Following his address, the protesters removed their hats and scarves and bowed their heads to remember members of the security forces who have died.
Townhall Street was closed off by police for the 45 minute protest and traffic diversions were in place.
The protest came just days after Belfast City Council voted to fly the union flag on designated days only, resulting in violent clashes in the city.
This article appeared in Impartial Reporter 07 Dec 12
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Dec 8, 05:10
Fussing and fighting over a coloured bit of cloth will make no difference to peoples quality of life, it will not put food in your belly or money in your pocket and when your dead you will not see what flag is on top of any pole.
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Dec 8, 16:45
Ok not a bad write up but the use of word 'youngsters' is hardly appropiate given that there was hardly anyone there under the age of 18! And to be honest most of the scarves over the faces where to help with the cold.... it was freezing! Well done to all who turned up, our flag represents our heritage, identity and our future,as it does in ANY country.
It should not be scorned upon to be proud of where you are from. A well mannered, peaceful protest by law abiding citizens, Fermangh loyalists you did yourselves and the flag proud.
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