New loyalist group calls for immediate protests, threatens to campaign against DUP and UUP
The “United Unionists of Ulster” (UUU) issued a statement in February claiming responsibility for many of the posters and claiming that some of them were funded by businessmen whose businesses were suffering financially from the news. trade border.
At that time, the group insisted to the News Letter that it was not linked to the paramilitaries, but called out the Loyalist Communities Council (LCC) – the umbrella group of loyalist terrorist organizations – to take unspecified action.
Fifteen days later, the LCC said it was withdrawing its support for the Belfast deal.
In a statement to the News Letter yesterday, the UUU called for an end to decentralization and said that “if Stormont does not collapse, we will resort to political lobbying against the DUP and the UUP in the elections of next year”.
Despite Prince Philip’s period of national mourning, the group said it was organizing protests for tomorrow night, saying “the fight against the Northern Ireland protocol must continue”.
The call to protest will be a moment of truth – either a large number will show that the group has significant support, or it will be clear that it is only a handful of individuals.
The UUU called on “every trade unionist to participate in peaceful protests,” but said there should be no protests on Saturday, the day of the funeral.
Loyalty expert author and historian Aaron Edwards said he knew nothing about the group and people should “question the veracity of any information we find online”, especially when those involved are not. named.
Dr Edwards, author of ‘UVF: Behind The Mask’ and other books, said: ‘I can say that I detect tensions within traditional loyalist paramilitary organizations. We are witnessing the fragmentation of these former loyalist paramilitary groups.
“There are two things to do to understand what is going on here. First, we must see this as a new form of dissident loyalty.
“Second, look at the nature of this challenge – to me it looks like a loose network within loyalty. This is new and potentially dangerous at a volatile time. “
A loyalist source not associated with the UUU said she did not believe the group had any ties to loyalist paramilitaries, but said the paramilitaries would likely be involved in organizing a series of protests next week. after the royal funeral.
At the time of going to press, the DUP and UUP had not responded to a request for comment on the group’s statement.
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