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Council's vote over bonfires; SF removal motion passed.

Byline: SARAH SCOTT

A MOTION to permission for removal of materials from bonfires causing a threat has been passed.

Belfast City councillors were called to a special meeting yesterday to discuss the Sinn Fein motion.

It states the council is "opposed to bonfires where they present a threat to life, property, the environment, where they cause damage to public amenities and where they facilitate hate crime".

The motion was carried by 31 votes to 21. Unionists all voted against, saying it was unnecessary. Cllr Jim McVeigh, who proposed the motion, said: "It is not just about bonfires, this is also about stranding up to hate.

"On any bonfire, regardless of what part of our city it occurs in, it is never right and it should not be acceptable for a flag of any description, whether it's a Union Jack or Tricolour or Polish flag or any other flag, to be burnt on a bonfire."

The DUP's Lee Reynolds said it was "ill-judged".

He added: "Some people are trying to turn us into the Belfast bonfire police and it is not going to work."

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Date:Aug 3, 2017
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