25/05/2018

Contentious East Belfast Bonfire To Be Moved To 'Safe Space'

A loyalist community group has announced that a contentious bonfire in east Belfast will be moved to limit the danger to nearby homes.

The East Belfast Community Initiative (EBCI) has said that it has facilitated an agreement with the Bloomfield Walkway bonfire builders to move the bonfire to a "safe space".
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According to a report by the Belfast Telegraph, EBCI spokesman Jamie Bryson said: "This is another positive local agreement and once again demonstrates the productivity of self-regulation.

"No unionist worth their salt is ever going to be regulated in their cultural expression by statutory agencies.

"Self-regulation in order to advance our core purpose of enhancing and protecting unionist cultural expression is the only way to resolve contentious issues."

(MH/LM)

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