Protestant Coalition set up branch in Magherafelt

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The Protestant Coalition is setting up a branch in the Magherafelt area following last month’s ‘lock out’ of Victims’ campaigner Willie Frazer from a meeting of the local District Council.

Mr Frazer arrived at the council offices with a small group of loyalists to protest at the present of a memorial plaque in the lobby to two murdered Sinn Fein councillors - John Davey and Bernard O’Hagan.

In a statement to the MAIL, a Protestant Coalition spokesperson said the Protestant community was “sick and tired” and no longer had any faith in the DUP/UUP.

He said Mr Frazer had been accompanied by Protestant Coalition members and claimed the DUP and the rest of the councillors had refused to “listen to the truth.”

“A number of the Protestant people in the Magherafelt area have contacted me regarding this and other matters,” the spokesperson continued.

Referring to speculation about mass protests, he said: “If anyone attends one of our mass protests at the council offices we ask that they protest in a lawful manner as at other events we run. If anyone does protest on their own, we also ask them to do so in a lawful manner.

“Also at the same time anyone can pop into the Magherafelt Council offices to register their complaint about the plaque.”

He added that anyone wishing to join Magherafelt Protestant Coalition should contact 07922647172 or email and leave their details.

Following Mr Frazer’s visit, the DUP group leader Councillor Paul McLean said that no one had approached him about attending the council meeting.