Names Of Murdered Officers Burnt On Bonfire In Londonderry

Posted on August 16, 2018

Bonfires are lit in some nationalist areas on 15 August to mark the Catholic Feast of the Assumption. The name of murdered prison officer David Black was one of those placed near the top of the bonfire, which was lit on Wednesday night. His son Kyle said he was “absolutely sickened” that boards bearing the names were being burnt. “My dad, along with the other brave men named, served their community with dignity and respect,” he tweeted. “This in complete contrast to those responsible for this.” The bonfire was just a few hundred metres away from a smaller one that had no flags, emblems or messages. The smaller structure was in the grounds of Gasyard Park and was part of a family and community carnival marking the end of a festival in the area. The SDLP leader Colum Eastwood said he was “totally appalled”. He added that community workers had tried to stop the signs being added to the bigger bonfire. “This nonsense doesn’t represent the views of the people of Derry,” he tweeted. “It’s sectarian and antisocial. Nothing more.”

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