STANZIATI 3,3 MILIONI DI STERLINE PER IL RE-IMAGING COMMUNITIES PROGRAMME

In parole povere il governo ha stanziato 3,3 milioni di sterline per rimpiazzare i murales paramilitari in Irlanda del Nord.
Il Ministro della Cultura Maria Eagle definisce il programma di positivo impatto sulla comunità. Mi sfugge ancora come possa esserci ‘una crescita’ cancellando ciò che comunque simboleggia la storia (recente) di questo Paese.

3,3m going to replacing murals (BBC News Northern Ireland)

The government has been giving more details of how £3.3m is to be spent replacing paramilitary murals in NI.
It has said the scheme will be open to all communities.
NIO Minister David Hanson said the Re-Imaging Communities Programme would give people the opportunity to reclaim public spaces for their community.
“We want to improve prospects, build community capacity, improve public service and ultimately free communities from paramilitary influence,” he said.
Culture Minister Maria Eagle said the programme would have a positive impact on communities.
“The purpose of the ‘Re-Imaging Communities Programme’ will be to engage local people and their communities in finding ways of replacing divisive murals and emblems with more positive imagery.
“New murals and public art will transform parks, housing estates and built-up areas across Northern Ireland, celebrating the aspirations of the whole community and helping people feel part of their own local community.”
New murals which have been painted in loyalist areas of Belfast recently include portraits of football legend George Best, the building of the Titanic, decorated soldier Blair Mayne and David Healey scoring for Northern Ireland against England last year.
A UDA mural in Tullycarnet has now been replaced by that of Catholic war hero James Magennis, who received the Victoria Cross.
Frankie Gallagher, from the Ulster Political Research Group, which is linked to the UDA, said replacing murals in Tullycarnet in east Belfast had already been a success.
“We were ahead of the game to say something positive,” he said.
“It was a big risk at the time and we were quite frightened and apprehensive at times and wondered how would this be taken.
“But after we did it, people in Tullycarnet, pensioners and right down the age scale were proud of our estate and the message we were sending out.”
Belfast Alliance councillor Tom Ekin welcomed the new funding, adding that the money would be well spent “if it helped people to move on from the past”.
“I think murals have reflected a time in our history and they must change as time has moved on,” he said.
“More people are starting to say, indeed, the whole city, the whole of Northern Ireland is reflecting this, change is happening.”
However, SDLP North Belfast assembly member Alban Maginness said people should not be paid to remove paramilitary murals.
“It is clear that any paramilitary murals designed to intimidate or mark out territory should be removed,” Mr Maginness said.
“Indeed their very existence is illegal. That is why today’s announcement really beggars belief.

2 commenti

  • io sono contrario. Misura ipocrita, che non risolve nulla.

    Il problema del settarismo non è nei mural walls, ma nelle persone e nella propaganda che in alcuni ambienti ancora si continua a fare. Da un lato si vuol cancellare la storia, dall’altro si vorrebbe autorizzare la PSNI a sparare impunemente sui repubblicani dissidents (proposta del DUP).
    Anziché cercare di cancellare la storia del settarismo del passato sarebbe bene che certi personaggi del presente non ne alimentassero un altro sotto diverse forme.

    Ed adesso che cancelleranno (perché tanto sicuramente si arriverà anche lì) il murale di Bobby Sands in Falls Road, si creerà distensione nella comunità, o non si alimenteranno altri disordini privando la gente di simboli che nel bene o nel male l’hanno accompagnata in questi anni?

    "Mi piace"

  • thefivedemands

    La cancellazione del murales di Bobby Sands in Falls Road sarebbe sicuramente un duro colpo per il turismo di Belfast, ma ormai con la faccia di Bobby ci stanno facendo di ogni…ricordi la ‘pubblicità’ dei taxi???
    Questo Re-imaging mi da molto l’idea del ‘diamogli un colpo di spugna’, ma andatelo a dire a chi i conflitti li ha vissuti e subiti…

    "Mi piace"

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