LEADER LEALISTA AL WEST BELFAST FESTIVAL

L’omicidio di Kevin McDaid a Coleraine ‘non ha fatto niente per il lealismo’

Questa le parole pronunicate dal leader terrorista Jackie McDonald, che è stato co-protagonista di una conferenza prevista dal programma del West Belfast Youth Talks Back.
Con lui il repubblicano Sean Murray, il sovraintendente capo del PSNI  Mark Hamilton e il sindaco di Belfast Naomi Long.
All’ordine del giorno diversi punti, trai quali: l’assassinio di Kevin McDaid, l’utilizzo dei proiettili di gomma, le forze di polizia, la controversia sulle marce orangiste, il razzismo e il settarismo.
Il brigadiere dell’UDA non ha fatto parola della dichiarazione rilasciata dall’Ulster Political Research Group (UPRG) di North Antrim/Derry, sul ritiro del proprio supporto dalla polizia e dalle istituzioni politiche.
Jackie McDonald ha affermato che il lealismo di oggi si trova ad ‘vivere’ in una ‘terra di nessuno’ e ha accusato gli unionisti di non saper come trattare con i lealisti, non sapendo decidere se considerarli come un bene o come un problema.
“I repubblicani hanno teso la mano in segno di amicizia più di quanto abbiano fatto i partiti unionisti”, ha dichiarato MdDonald non nascondendo la speranza di in un avvicinamento delle istituzioni unioniste alla classe operaia lealista.
Danny Morrison del West Belfast Festival ha definito la presenza del leader lealista come un passo molto positivo ed ha dichiarato al Belfast Telegraph: “Penso sia stato produttivo, e  segno di progresso – non solo la sua presenza, ma il fatto che  giovani provenienti da Sandy Row e Lisburn si siano seduti accanto a giovani provenienti da Ballymurphy e Twinbrook”.

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Loyalist chief appears at west Belfast festival (Belfast Telegraph)
Terrorist leader Jackie McDonald has told an audience in west Belfast that the murder of Coleraine community worker Kevin McDaid “did nothing for loyalism”.
The UDA ‘brigadier’, speaking at a festival event, said he had “every sympathy” for the McDaid family.
McDonald was part of the panel in an event billed West Belfast Youth Talks Back.
The senior loyalist was joined on the platform by republican Sean Murray, PSNI Chief Superintendent Mark Hamilton and Belfast’s Lord Mayor Naomi Long.
There were questions on a range of issues including the McDaid murder, plastic bullets, policing, contentious marches, racism and sectarianism.
On the parades controversy, McDonald claimed Sinn Fein “had a lot to do with orchestrating and organising people into being annoyed”.
There were no questions from the floor on splits within the UDA, nor the recent statement issued by the linked Ulster Political Research Group in north Antrim/ Londonderry withdrawing support for policing and the political institutions.
But McDonald described loyalism as being in a “no man’s land”.
“Unionist politicians don’t know how to deal with loyalists,” he told his audience.
“Republicans have extended the hand of friendship more than the unionist parties,” he said.
Speaking to the Belfast Telegraph afterwards he added: “Unionists don’t know what to do with us.
“They don’t know whether we’re an asset or a problem. People are afraid to make us respectable.
“We are telling unionist politicians that they are going to have to become more involved with loyalist working class people.
“The days of arriving on the doorsteps three weeks before an election are over,” he said.
The loyalist leader continued: “We are telling people they have to register to vote and when it comes the time they have to go out and vote.”
Commenting on the presence of the leading loyalist at yesterday’s event, Danny Morrison of the West Belfast Festival told this newspaper: “I thought it was productive, and a sign of progress — not only his presence but the fact that there were young people from Sandy Row and Lisburn sitting beside young people from Ballymurphy and Twinbrook.
“It’s encouraging that the young audience were prepared to engage,” he said.
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