Sickening Refugee Graffiti – Coleraine

McAuley Multimedia 20th September 2015...Graffiti on the wall at the Salvation community church on Ballycastle road in Coleraine .It appeared at the weakend saying 'No refugees welcome' a clear message for refugees that may be located in Coleraine.PICTURE STEVEN MCAULEY/MCAULEY MULITMEDIA

20th September 2015…Graffiti on the wall at the Salvation community church on Ballycastle road in Coleraine .It appeared at the weakend saying ‘No refugees welcome’ a clear message for refugees that may be located in Coleraine.PICTURE STEVEN MCAULEY/MCAULEY MULITMEDIA

On the same morning another lorry load of aid leaves Ballycastle and the Glens for Calais, Greece and beyond to support fellow human beings in plight, those who would join in the fight for humanity had to endure a racist attack on their church premises in Coleraine

Refugees making their way across Europe from Syria, escaping the West’s brutal intervention in the internal affairs of another Nation State, are the upwardly mobile, third level educated, young, articulate, intelligent and like anyone in a similar situation, are desperate to survive.

On the other hand, those who placed graffiti on the walls of the Salvation Army centre on the Ballycastle Road, Coleraine, are a lot further down the evolutionary tree. They have a supremacist ideology carved from generations of anti-catholic sectarianism. It is no surprise to see a mural to UDA TEENAGER William Campbell shadowing the latest Racist graffiti along the banks of the Bann. 19 year old Campbell blew himself up while in the process of attempting to kill catholics in the Coleraine area.

The UDA, who sponsored the placing of the disgusting graffiti on the Church property, enjoyed links to like minded far right groups including COMBAT 18, the National Front and more recently, Britain First. 

Coleraine has had a chapter of the National Front since the 70’s. It has been allowed to grow and flourish among the poorly educated, loyalist communities that senior Unionist politicians court for votes. It is that link that allows much of the hate to be airbrushed and is the chief reason why the Loyalist tail can be seen wagging the Unionist dog.

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Loyalist Bands from Outside Moyle Granted Local Ratepayers Money

[slideshow] Armoy/Sandy Row/Bratty/UDA

Dunaghy is a crossroads on the outskirts of Ballymoney. Not much happens at the crossroads yet Dunaghy meanders into the local headlines from time to time.

The source of the news, a Loyalist Flute Band! Dunaghy have been going for over one hundred years yet have embraced a UDA bomber, who blew himself up in 2002 at a house in Coleraine, as their mascot. William Campbell, it is claimed, was killed on active service on the 3rd January 2002. 2nd Batt-C Company Coleraine. Least we forget and all that nonsense!

The truth, Campbell died at his own hand while using pipe-bombs. Over 100 had been used to attack Catholic homes and properties in the Coleraine area in the months prior to Campbell resigning his breath.

Pride of the Park, a flute Band in Armoy, hosts a parade in the village annually. Loyalists from all over the North gather in the village. Pride of place is reserved for regular attendees from the Ulster First Flute Band, Sandy Row.

Sandy Row, resplendent in UDA regalia, acknowledges the input of their local hero Joe Bratty to wage a war on taigs via a dedicated bannerette.

Bratty ordered the attack on the lower Ormeau branch of Sean Graham’s bookmakers on 5 February 1992, an act resulting in the death of five men. Bratty, who was known for his hatred of black people, also appended the initials of the Ku Klux Klan to his graffiti.

I could go on to talk about the Causeway Protestant Boys or those bashful lads from Silver Plains who wrecked havoc on the town of Ballycastle but I would be losing the reader.

Moyle District Council, in their wisdom, decided to award these and several other bands (ten in all) for their input to the local community.

A Loyalist Bands Forum applied for funding for a seeding grant. The forum is made up of 5 bands residing in Moyle plus another 5 from Ballymoney! No matter how uncomfortable we feel, under legislation, groups must be allowed to gain access to public funds in an equal an honest process. Until Monday night, Moyle did exactly that.

Three years previous, an under age hurling tournament was denied access to funds because one of the teams resided outside Moyle. The decision was correct. A criterion informs that we invest our funds in Moyle.  Those criteria have neither been reviewed nor altered. The decision therefore to fund a group with 50 percent of its makeup residing outside Moyle should never have been approved.

I was on my own when I protested the anomaly with no colleague providing a rational for their decision to support the funding application.

So what of the crossroads? In an eerily fatalistic note, I doubt the grant will see the deficiencies of the local heroes diminish. The target of their wrath will always be their near neighbours in both Dunloy and Rasharkin. May the residents forgive us for promoting this nonsense!

Moyle. Advocates War over Peace

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“Moyle District Council this week advocated for War over Peace, Ignorance over Education and the continued promotion of the interests of the bourgeoisie over the proletariat”.

Too much? Let me develop my argument.

On Monday the 13th of August, The Northern Ireland Veterans Advisory & Pensions Committee made a presentation to the Council. Following the presentation they asked that Moyle appoint an ‘Armed Forces Community Advocate’.

So what does the role of the righteous Advocate entail? Well according to their presentation handout which I quote verbatim;

1.      Ensure that the interests of the Armed Forces & the Veterans in N.I. are properly considered.

2.      Consider the impact on the Armed Forces & Veterans Community in their area of responsibility of their organisations decisions and policies.

3.      Advocate on behalf of the Armed Forces and Veterans Community in their area of responsibility.

4.      Raise the profile of the Armed Forces & Veterans Community in their area of responsibility.

5.      Liaise with N.I. in-service and Ex-service representatives, third sector and public sector to identify issues that need to be addressed and resolved or areas of good practise that could be replicated either locally or nationally.

6.      Be a member of the N.I. Armed Forces & veterans’ community welfare pathway steering group.

It is notable that, even in their own words, the Serving Armed Forces take precedence over the Veterans.  Councillors from the TUV DUP & UUP brought fourth their glowing praise on the move. The Chairman moved to have the proposal adopted. I interjected by raising my hand.

“Chairman! Rather than promote an ‘advocate for war’, could Moyle now show itself to be more enlightened and have an advocate for peace?

“We have to look at what is being asked of this Council. We are being asked to endorse the armed forces of a foreign state that are overseas under false pretences, engaged in illegal wars, empire building and committing the systematic mass murders of over 1.5 million souls in Iraq and countless others in Afghanistan.

“Forgive me if I find it hard to believe that sending you’re poor to murder the poor living in another part of the planet is the pretext for the introduction of Peace, Democracy and Freedom. These words themselves have been hijacked and abused to the point that they can often derive evil connotations in an open mind.

“The Nazis propagated the falsehood of racial superiority and today’s similarly evil falsehood, the promotion of the lie informing that – Mass murder would herald the introduction of Freedom and Democracy in the Middle East.

“Chairman, it is your poor, your downtrodden and uneducated drawn from the underclass of society that are sent to war. Wrap them in a flag and give them a gun. Give meaning to their lives! Suggest they are heroes and deny access to educational material. They may quickly learn that the wars they engage are on behalf of Halliburton, Exxon Mobile, B.P. Shell, Wall Street, the financial district of Canary Wharf, and the Military Industrial Complex. Wars and murder have no relationship to the promotion of Freedom and Democracy whatsoever.

“I propose that this Council ignore the calls to normalise war and instead promote a champion for peace with a focus on education”.

Council deferred the decision for one week.

If this was a simple advocate for Veterans, why not use existing charities? Numerous groups exist.

·         ABE – The soldiers charity

·         The Royal Naval Benevolent Fund

·         British Legion

·         Royal Air Force Families Federation

·         Help for Heroes

·         Combat Stress

·         Service Personal and Veterans Agency plus many others……..

But it was not the reason. At all times the reason is to give credence to the notion that War is ok among the general population. Look again at the roles of the Armed Forces Champion.

·         Ensure the interests of the Armed Forces

·         Consider the impact on the Armed Forces in your organisations decisions and policies

·         Advocate on behalf of the Armed Forces

·         Raise the profile of the Armed Forces

The subject returned to Council on the 20th of August with a motion;

To propose council appoint an armed forces community advocate to represent The Northern Ireland Veterans Advisory & Pensions Committee to carry out the role as laid out by NIVA & PC at their presentation to council 13 August

(Requested by Councillor S McKillop TUV)

The motion was slightly amended and carried with – an advocate for War on behalf of the people of Moyle being adopted by Council

Council’s landslide endorsement of the TUV motion was interesting given that many who supported Jim Allister’s thoughts on the subject would place themselves in the role of peacemakers.

I have this notion their claims would ring ‘somewhat hollow’ should they ever meet the victims of Imperial forces in Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Ireland, Palestine etc…………………

 
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