Alliance Social gathering accused of ‘inflaming group tensions’ after reporting Lurgan flags and bunting to PSNI

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The Alliance Social gathering has been criticised for “inflaming group tensions” after they reported loyalists to the PSNI who had been establishing crimson, white and blue bunting in Lurgan.

t is known social gathering officers objected to the flags being erected within the city centre, with police confirming they’d obtained the report.

A spokesperson for the PSNI confirmed their officers attended and “no offences had been detected”.

The bunting and flags had been being put up within the city within the run-up to the Twelfth celebrations.

DUP MP Carla Lockhart claimed Alliance had been exhibiting “intolerance of all issues PUL [Protestant, Unionist, Loyalist]”.

“Glad to be [able] to help in guaranteeing this was allowed to occur. Because the police affirm no offences detected,” Ms Lockhart tweeted.

TUV Higher Bann consultant Darrin Foster branded the motion by the Alliance Social gathering as “laughable”.

“That Alliance reported loyalists to the PSNI for erecting crimson, white and blue bunting in Lurgan will serve solely to inflame group tensions within the run as much as the Twelfth.

“Who do Alliance assume they’re? Making a grievance to the police about conventional bunting going up; because it has carried out for generations; can be laughable had been it not for the truth that the crypto-nationalist social gathering accountable holds the Justice Ministry.

“Understandably the PSNI have stated that no offense was detected. Tellingly, despite this Alliance has doubled down on making the grievance, laughably citing security issues.

“It appears that evidently the social gathering which likes to evangelise to us all concerning the want for tolerance and respect reveals neither in the case of expressions of loyalist and British tradition.”

The Alliance Social gathering has been approached for remark.

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