Anger after ‘provocative’ flags erected in Waterside

Contentious flags flying along Glendermot Road in the Waterside. DER3115GS16
Contentious flags flying along Glendermot Road in the Waterside. DER3115GS16
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Dozens of “provocative” flags have been erected in Derry’s Waterside in the countdown to tomorrow’s Apprentice Boys parade in the city.

It’s understood flags, including the Union and Ulster emblems, appeared along Glendermott Road - part of which is on tomorrow’s ‘Relief of Derry’ parade route - on Tuesday evening.

One local resident says the flags are intimidating and nothing short of “provocative”.

The householder said nationalist residents “felt afraid” when they saw the flags going up.

The resident added: “I try to stay out of politics but when you see flags like these going up it smacks of nothing but provocation.

“I saw one young fella put up a UDA flag but he was convinced to take it down.”

Contentious flags flying along Glendermot Road in the Waterside. DER3115GS17

Contentious flags flying along Glendermot Road in the Waterside. DER3115GS17

Local Sinn Fein Councillor, Christopher Jackson, who visited the scene, claims the DUP had initially agreed to meet residents to discuss the issue but later pulled out.

“I received a phone call early on Wednesday from the DUP telling me the meeting, arranged for later that day, would no longer be going ahead,” he claimed.

“The whole point of the meeting was to bring both sides together to find some sort of resolution.

“On Tuesday, the DUP had agreed to the meeting but for some reason they decided to pull the plug.

“A lot of good work has gone on in this area in terms of community relations. Many of the young people putting the flags up also said they would attend the meeting.

“What the DUP appears to be saying is that it does not care about what nationalist residents have to say - that’s not the way to do things.”

The ‘Journal’ contacted the DUP several times this week but at the time of going to Press had received no response.