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Belfast Ormeau residents hold protest over unionist flags in Ballynafeigh

A number of south Belfast residents gathered on the Ormeau Road on Tuesday night to call for a commitment to the regulation of flags in the area.

The protest, organised by South Belfast Residents for the Regulation of Flags, took place at the former Police Station to "call for the retention of south Belfast as a shared, diverse community and against an imposed single-identity community".

A white line picket took place on the Ormeau Road as part of the protest.

Flags and banners have been erected in the area after a controversial protocol was announced by Ballynafeigh Union Forum, which was agreed between political parties DUP, PUP and Green Party, and representatives from a range of loyalist groups.

The agreement involved only Union flags and Ulster flags being flown in the area between June and September.

Last month, residents said they had been threatened with violence due to their objections to the flags.

The protest on Tuesday was attended by Alliance Party Deputy Lord Mayor of Belfast Emmett McDonagh-Brown.

Local resident Dominica McGowan said the group wanted to engage with local organisations.

"We are having this event to highlight the wish of the majority of the population of south Belfast who want to see some regulation initiated for the flagging that happens every year without any consultation," she told Q Radio.

"If any community group or organisation wish for us to come out and talk to them and have some dialogue we'd be more than happy to do that.

"We've already met quite a number of community groups and political parties and are very open to dialogue."

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