The BBC is over the decision to broadcast the UVF Regimental Band at the vigil for Britain’s Queen

BBC NI has defended a decision to broadcast a news report on a vigil from the Shankill Road where a band openly displayed items bearing the name of the loyalist paramilitary group Ulster Volunteer Force.

Members of the public have criticized the national broadcaster for showing the band at a memorial service honoring the Queen.

The BBC report said the Shankill Road “came to a complete standstill as a community collectively remembered their Queen of 70”.

As flute music played in the background, it said: “They gathered alongside the platinum jubilee mural and a sea of ​​floral tributes. They paid their respects, each in their own way.”

The congregation can’t be in London, the report explained, but they can attend a vigil at home, and that’s why it’s so important to them.

However, a loyalist band is clearly visible during the play, displaying emblems reading ‘Ulster Volunteer Force Regimental Band’, complete with UVF insignia and their motto ‘For God and Ulster’.

According to their Twitter page, the East Belfast-based UVF Regimental Band was formed in 1969.

The band posted on Facebook: “We had the honor of playing at the Thanksgiving Service for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on Shankill Road tonight. A very moving service.”

On social media, hundreds of people commented and shared posts wondering why a band wearing symbols linked to a terrorist organization would be on a platform meant to be a memorial segment about the Queen.

Others considered why it was appropriate to show images of the band at a time when those speaking out against the monarchy were being arrested and censored.

The Sunday Life recently reported that the UVF Regimental Band East Belfast took part in the Brian Robinson Memorial Parade.

The UVF gunman was shot dead by undercover soldiers on Crumlin Road in September 1989, minutes after witnessing him murder Catholic Paddy McKenna in the Ardoyne shops.

The paramilitary gang honors him every year on the first weekend of September with a huge parade organized by their unit, B Company.

During the riots in Northern Ireland, the Ulster Volunteer Force murdered more than 500 people.

The campaign by the loyalist paramilitary group also claimed the lives of 33 people in Dublin and Monaghan bombings in 1974.

The UVF was formed in 1966 to combat the rise of Irish nationalism centered on the 50th anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising.

It took the name and symbols of the original UVF, the movement founded by Sir Edward Carson in 1912 to oppose Home Rule.

Many UVF men joined the British Army’s 36th Ulster Division and died in large numbers during the Battle of the Somme in July 1916.

More recently, the PSNI has linked UVF to drug-related crime.

The UVF Regimental Band does not display contact information on their social media accounts.

In response to the criticism, a BBC spokesman said: “Our report included footage of the event and interviews with some of the participants.

“We think it was an accurate reflection of what happened.”

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