LOYALIST (half wit) flags protester Willie Frazer completed his ‘charity bed push’ yesterday – without a bed. The victims’ campaigner was joined by about 20 people as they walked through North Belfast.
Mr Frazer plans to hold illegal parades without notifying the Parades Commission. He says he has been left with no choice. The 53-year-old, who faces charges in relation to flag protests, wanted to raise funds for victims to travel to Libya as part of a legal case over the former regime’s support for the IRA. However, the commission noted that no street collection permit had been applied for by the organiser and it would therefore be illegal for money to be collected along the route. The commission banned the walk from passing Ardoyne. Instead it stopped at Hesketh Road. Police attended to ensure that the event obeyed the ruling. Mr Frazer said the bed push had been turned into a political event by the commission. “It was an opportunity for them to deal with a charity event in the right way but they didn’t do that and that’s why we didn’t bring the bed – we’ll do that when we do our walk properly,” he said. “Their mindset is that if you’re a Protestant and you have a cause, they will defy you. “We’re not going to give any more pre-warnings. There’s no point. We’re just going to turn up in places where it will be controversial.
- Willie Frazer seeks legal advice over ‘bed push’ plans (newsletter.co.uk)
- Commission Puts Brakes on Frazer Bed Push in Belfast (belfastdaily.co.uk)
- Loyalist campaigner Frazer arrested (bbc.co.uk)
- Flag protester Willie Frazer will dress as Abu Hamza for court date (belfasttelegraph.co.uk)
- Video: Willie Frazer and Ruth Patterson at loyalist march (newsletter.co.uk)