IRA sign in Derry a ‘hate crime’

The sign at the top of Westland Street.
The sign at the top of Westland Street.
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A sign in Derry encouraging people to ‘join the IRA’ has been described as a “hate crime” by DUP MLA for Foyle, Gary Middleton.

The sign is located at the top of Westland Street in the Bogside area of the city.

“We [DUP] reported this to police as a hate crime against unionists but the response was that it has been up for a year and that they would report it to the council but there was nothing they could do.”

Mr. Middleton said police had recently took down Parachute Regiment flags in the city.

“It is a sign screwed to the wall. It says ‘Unfinished Revolution, Unfinished Business - Join the IRA’ - we condemn this - it is contemptuous of the Peace Process and all the work that is being done for a shared future. “It is trying to drag young people into hatred for the unionist people.

“The police got back to us and said it had been up for about a year. But we do not see that as in any way relevant.”

Mr. Middleton added: “Police tell us they have no power to remove this IRA poster. However they had no problem taking down two Parachute Regiment flags in the Waterside in August.

“We do not condone the flying of Parachute Regiment flags. People say they fly them as a protest against what they see as a hierarchy of victims in the city.

“We encouraged young people to go and remove them but the next day the police just came in and took them down.

“This explains why so many people are angry at this IRA recruitment poster being tolerated in the Bogside.”

The PSNI has not yet offered any comment.