“It is using the memory of these men in order to hurt the Bloody Sunday families…”

UUP MLA for Upper Bann Doug Beattie, responding to the news that a couple of Parachute Regiment flags have been erected in the village of New Buildings near the City of Derry…

That is totally shameful to do that, because it is only done for one reason and we all know what that reason is.

As for people who say that they are putting up that flag to remember the paratroopers who were killed in Northern Ireland throughout the Troubles, I say to them this – this does not remember their memory in any shape or form.

It is not something that they would want. It is not something that their colleagues would want to see. It is using the memory of these men in order to hurt the Bloody Sunday families.

Good to see the right criticism coming from the right quarters…

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