VICTIMS Campaigner Willie Frazer has been accused of making “inaccurate and attention-seeking assertions” by Belfast International Airport in a row over souvenirs.
Mr Frazer, pictured, said he will mount the first of “many” protests at Belfast International Airport over what he claims is its lack of “Northern Ireland” branded merchandise. He threatened to demonstrate on the issue earlier this week, but said he would wait for a response from Belfast International Airport. “It is unfortunate but due to the lack of an adequate response from Belfast International Airport we have been left with no choice but to organise a protest which if necessary will be only one of many,” he said. “We do not ask for a removal of Irish products but simply that products embellished with represtation of Northern Ireland and its part within the United Kingdom are made available. “This is an equality issue, and many of those from Northern Ireland feel that the current range of products is attempting to remove our identity, glossing it over with all things Irish approach which is not acceptable”. A spokesman for the airport said the comments “amounted to an outrageous and outlandish slur”.
“This airport has a central role in ‘NI Plc’ and that means providing jobs, investment and opportunities for people who work at the airport and in the supply chain. “Our on-going Farmers’ Market, run in conjunction with the Ulster Drink & Food Producers Group, features almost 20 local food, drink and craft producers. “This initiative, on its own, gives the lie to what are wild, inaccurate and attention-seeking assertions.”
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