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Belfast MLA calls for people to attend left-wing 'yellow vest' protest at City Hall

Gerry Carroll
Gerry Carroll
Mark Edwards

By Mark Edwards

An MLA has called for people to attend the left-wing "yellow vest" protest planned for Belfast this weekend.

Gerry Carroll, People Before Profit MLA for west Belfast, posted a video calling on people to attend the Yellow Vest Occupy Belfast Group protest being held at City Hall on Saturday January 12.

The group, which wants an end to public services cuts and zero-hour contracts, recently rejected a proposal from the Yellow Vest Movement of Great Britain and Northern Ireland to stage a joint protest after viewing what they described as "xenophobic and anti-immigration" material on its social media page.

The Yellow Vest Movement of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, which has been criticised for exhibiting "far-right sympathies" on its Facebook page, is staging a protest at City Hall on January 19.

Mr Carroll said: "The protest has been called in solidarity with the yellow vest movement in France and across the world.

"People will know and have seen the pictures and footage of people in France standing up against Macron's, the French President's, attacks on public services and his attempts to make ordinary people pay to tackle climate change.

"What the people in France have said is the rich, the corporations, should be forced to pay taxes to save our planet.

"The protest on Saturday at City Hall is calling for marriage equality, it is calling for an end to the attacks on the NHS and the public sector more generally. It is calling for an end to things like welfare reform and a whole list of other demands."

Social media users questioned Mr Carroll's decision to attend the event given the Yellow Vest movements association with far-right politics in England.

However the PBP MLA said: "It's a progressive protest in Belfast and the complete antithesis to what some morons in England are doing. The yellow vest movement is not about them."

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