Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 20 April 2014

Republican group éirígí calls for Armed Forces Day boycott

There have been calls for a boycott of British Armed Forces Day following the publication of the Saville Report.

A military flag is to be raised at Belfast City Hall and a parade led by the Royal Irish Regiment band is to take place in Carrickfergus to mark the occasion on Saturday.

However, Breandán Mac Cionnaith, a spokesman for the republican splinter group éirígí said: “The British army, by the admission of the British establishment, murdered 14 innocent people, 14 peaceful civil rights marchers in Derry and engaged in ‘unjustified and unjustifiable actions’.

“The marking of British Armed Forces Day anywhere in the six counties would be a slap in the face to the Bloody Sunday families and to all those who have lost loved ones at the hands of the British army.

“The only morally correct option is for any council who had planned otherwise to now refuse to mark British Armed Forces Day.”

Writing in the Daily Telegraph yesterday, Prime Minister David Cameron said he was determined not to allow the conclusions of the Bloody Sunday inquiry to “cloud the reputation of [the] armed forces and the pride they inspire”.

And he called for the public to express its appreciation of Britain's military “more loudly and more proudly”.

However Mr MacCionnaith said éirígí would proceed with plans to protest if the flag was flown from Belfast City Hall.

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