‘ TERRORIST PSNI ‘… ‘ NAZIS ‘… “THIS IS LANGUAGE BORROWED FROM THE REPUBLICAN HANDBOOK” – Peter Robinson.
FIRST Minister Peter Robinson said organisers of loyalist protests who refer to police as the ” terrorist PSNI ” should not be listened to. The DUP leader hit out at protesters who attacked police in east Belfast on Thursday saying their actions were ” a disgrace, criminally wrong and cannot be justified “.
He said unionists should ignore those protest organisers who criticise the PSNI. ” It will be enough for any unionist to know the organisers of the protest movement are not to be heeded when they hear them refer to the police as the ‘ terrorist PSNI ‘ and describe police officers as ‘ Nazis ‘. This is language borrowed from the republican handbook,” he said. Loyalists have protested almost every night since Belfast councillors voted on December 3 to only allow the Union flag to be flown on designated days over city hall. Mr Robinson said he and other unionists are also angry at the vote but claimed protest organisers were only interested in attacking the DUP. ” It is not about the flag, the Alliance Party, Sinn Fein or the erosion of culture.
It is a straight-forward politically motivated attempt to undermine the DUP as the voice of unionism despite our attempts to oppose the removal of the Union Flag in Belfast,” he said. He also criticised calls by some organisers for the north to come under direct rule from Westminster again. ” This is the Direct Rule that left unionism powerless and put Sinn Fein in the driving seat with a Dublin government fighting the nationalist case while the British government remained neutral,” he said. ” Let these so-called ‘leaders ‘ set out their case as to how Direct Rule will get the flag back or aid the unionist cause.”
Meanwhile, Secretary of State for the North of Ireland Theresa Villiers said the violent protests were damaging the north’s image across the world. ” Northern Ireland is in a global race for investment and jobs and we need to be projecting the reality of a forward-looking, modern Northern Ireland, not one which is tied up in the kind of conflict which is associated with its past rather than its present,” she told BBC Radio Ulster yesterday.
WITH MANY THANK TO : CLAIRE SIMPSON, IRISH NEWS.