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Wear a balaclava - Willie Frazer's advice on how to blend in while in south Armagh

Northern Ireland victims campaigner Willie Frazer has caused a storm online after posting a skit about how to "blend in" while travelling in south Armagh.

He is shown driving along a country lane before a person who appears to be posing as a police officer stops the car and asks him where he is going.

The best way for me to travel in South Armagh, thanks to ACC Martin for the advice.

Posted by William Frazer on Friday, 1 April 2016

The bogus officer warns him not to display a Union flag in the area, and tells him “no flags in public”, adding: “put your flag away, good man”.

Frazer is filmed asking why not, and says “it’s the flag of the country”, before setting the flag out of sight.

He then reaches into his car and pulling out a black balaclava and army combat jacket which he puts on, and is then allowed to proceed.

Frazer asks: "Would that be acceptable", and is told, "oh yes, yes ... that ticks every box".

He then quips, "I'm just one of the boys" before driving on.

The video was posted as an April Fool and has gone down a storm online with over 122,000 views and almost 1,000 shares.

It comes after police were criticised for an incident on the Ormeau Road where CS spray was used during a Junior Orange parade after officers had not been seen to tackle a number of dissident parades in Belfast, Lurgan, Londonderry and Coalisland over the Easter weekend.

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At the dissident republican parade in Lurgan, marchers wore masks over their faces before one read out a statement from the Continuity IRA which contained a threat against “British forces”.

As he posted the video on April 1, Mr Frazer commented: “The best way for me to travel in south Armagh, thanks to ACC Martin for the advice.”

The PSNI has defended its policing of parades and on Friday Assistant Chief Constable Stephen Martin said parades are policed in an impartial way.

“I can tell you that I police those [parades] in an impartial, consistent way,” he said.

“Yes I have to make different decisions based on different contexts, unfortunately we are a divided society where often it comes down that if I’m celebrating, you will condemn, and vice versa, these are difficult decisions.”

First Minister Arlene Foster said last week that she did not believe there is a two-tier policing in Northern Ireland.

She said the PSNI need to get to the bottom of issues “causing concern” but it had a “very difficult job to do”.

Willie Frazer regularly posts video on his Facebook page reacting to various news stories.

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