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Residents attend protest rally against UVF flags in south Belfast

By Suzanne Breen

Around 250 residents in south Belfast have attended a protest demanding that UVF and unionist flags be removed from their area.

The crowd gathered in Cherryvale Park on the Ravenhill Road on Friday evening. They were addressed by local Ormeau Road resident Dominica McGowan. 

She said that residents didn't want paramilitary flags in shared areas nor did they want the unionist flags which are now lining the Ormeau Road.

"This is a start, a beginning, the nucleus of positive action. It expresses the view of a significant number of residents," she said.

"This is not a political rally, rather it is an organic response to frustration, fear and lack of action."

Many of those attending the rally told the Belfast Telegraph that local DUP MP, Emma Little Pengelly, was not reflecting their opposition to the flying of provocative flags in south Belfast.

A petition against the flags has secured almost 2,000 signatures.  SDLP MLA Claire Hanna, Green MLA Clare Bailey, and Sinn Fein MLA Mairtin O Muilleoir were among the crowd but there were no political speakers at the rally.

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