The mother of the now infamous 11 year old, arrested for rioting last night in Lisburn, called Wendy Austin's Talkback today. Earlier, former ACC Alan Mc Quillan was on and called the use of children in protests "child abuse". The mother, using the name Hilary, was complaining that she was not notified about the arrest until after midnight and sad that he was normally home by 9:30.
Apparently, the young boy was in the possession of a firework and the mother claimed that it had been given to him by an adult. Hilary said she was happy for him to be at the protest because she thought it would have been peaceful and she was unaware of any riot.
As well as blaming the police, Hilary falls on the usual line that none of this would be happening if "the flag was still up" (which it still is, of course).
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