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Bonfire group supports 'direct action' over Brexit plan

Moygashel Bonfire Association posted the message on their Facebook page 
Connla Young

A Co Tyrone bonfire group has come in for criticism after it said it “will fully support direct action” taken by loyalist leaders in response to the British government’s Brexit proposals.

Moygashel Bonfire Association made the statement on Facebook on the same day MPs met to vote on Boris Johnston’s deal which would lead to a partial customs border in the Irish Sea.

The group said: “As we hold our God given right of cultural expression close to our hearts we believe that if the current Brexit deal is passed through parliament today it will have a detrimental effect on the future generations ability to express their culture and heritage unhindered.

"Therefore our officers and members will fully support any direct action employed by loyalist leaders in defence of our constitutional status within the union."

The post added that "numerous men in our locality here in Moygashel gave up large portions of their lives and livelihoods in defence of Ulster against the bomb and the bullet of the PIRA.

"These men must feel a grave injustice to see what they fought for slip away with virtually no resistance from the loyalist community (as yet)."

Aontú councillor Denise Mullen, whose father was shot dead by the UVF in 1975, last night voiced concern about the remarks.

“I am shocked by it,” she said.

Ms Mullen said that “at the end of the day that is very fearful for nationalists – statements like that.

“We are supposed to be living in a peaceful democracy,” she said.

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