How we got rid of paramilitary flags
I have just read the letter from your reader in Comber concerning the issue of paramilitary flags (Write Back, August 20).
I live in east Belfast and we had a problem in my area in the past.
At this point I should say that I am a Protestant, but live in a somewhat mixed area.
We had been on holiday to Spain and came back to find flags hanging from every lamppost in the street.
What made matters worse was when I found out that men in masks had come round with ladders and, because the police were short staffed at the time, they basically could only stand and watch the proceedings.
I heard from a neighbour that the road had been temporarily closed while this took place — much to the annoyance and inconvenience of residents and passing motorists.
One of my neighbours who was in a mixed marriage decided to take action. To cut a long story short the local Alliance party candidate for the area was involved and, after discussions with police and other bodies, eventually the flags were removed.
I am not saying this would necessarily work in the Comber area, but might be worth a shot.
Union Jacks or Ulster flags in loyalist areas are one thing and I have no problem with that, provided it is what all residents want.
Personally I would prefer no flags in the street and most definitely not paramilitary ones.