50 years ago Paisley called for Falls Road flag removal, now it's Sinn Féin

The flags were erected in the Falls area of west Belfast at the weekend. Picture by Mal McCann
Many historians consider the first spark of the Troubles to have been Ian Paisley’s 1964 rally at the Ulster Hall, where he demanded a tricolour be removed from Sinn Féin offices on the Falls Road within two days or he would lead a mob to remove it himself. The RUC duly obliged, provoking nationalist rioting that strengthened Paisley’s hand. This week, Sinn Féin has demanded that Provisional IRA flags be removed from the Falls Road because the people erecting them are aping “loyalist nonsense” by trying to “aggravate a section of another community.&r[...]

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