A loyalist has been caught on camera mooning to rush hour traffic during a Derry Union flags protest.
A disgusted visitor to the city filmed protesters as they held up traffic at Limavady Road on Wednesday evening.
The nurse got out of her car because she believed there may have been an accident. She began filming the protest on her mobile phone and was presented with the exposed rear end of one of those involved.
The footage, which can be viewed online at derryjournal.com, shows the flasher exposing himself in full view of backed-up rush hour traffic near lights at the junction of Limavady Road and Nelson Drive.
She told the ‘Journal’: “I thought it was an accident and got out of my car, thinking maybe I could help because I’m a nurse. When I saw it was protesters blocking traffic, I thought they can’t be allowed to get away with this and started to film it to pass it on to the authorities.
“Right away they started shouting abuse at me and using vulgar language - the abuse was unbelievable. This one protester walked from the road to the pavement in front of me and exposed himself. It was out of the blue - he made a real ass of himself and just showed the mentality of the protesters. It was disgraceful and just demonstrated what they think of the rest of society.”
The woman did not want to be named in light of threats received by others who spoke out against union flags protest disruption in her home town of Belfast. She was staying in Derry for a few days visiting friends.
She said that aside from the “offensive” mooning incident, the protesters had broken the law by halting the passage of traffic.
“The film footage shows that even though the light was green traffic could not move along because they were lined across the road. The police arrived fairly quickly though and when they did the protesters moved to the white line in the middle of the road and cars moved along without any problem.”
Limavady Sinn Fein councillor Brenda Chivers, who was among those held up by the protest, alerted police to what she described as a “terrifying” incident.
She was stopped at the traffic lights when the protesters appeared on the scene.
“All of a sudden, about a dozen people with Union flags appeared. They stood there in the middle of the road, blocking traffic. It was terrifying, extremely frightening. I didn’t know what was going to happen, but it was definitely not a peaceful protest,” she said.
DUP Councillor Gary Middleton described the actions of protester who exposed himself as “terrible behaviour”.
“Anybody exposing themselves at any time of day or any occasion is wrong and the action must be condemned.
“Whoever was protesting last night, I’m sure they would not want to be associated with such behaviour. I’m sure that people who believe in the union will not in any way support such behaviour. Why anyone would do such a thing is beyond me.”
He said anyone behaving in such a manner would “further no cause”.
Police confirmed that they are investigating “a report regarding protestors on the Limavady Road” on Wednesday evening. They have urged anyone with information about the incident to call them at Strand Road on 0845 600 8000.