Calls for Van Morrison to be stripped of the honor of the City of Belfast | UTV


A Belfast councilor has said the local authority should revoke the city’s freedom of Sir Van Morrison following his response to the coronavirus.

The musician received this honor in 2013 in recognition of his rich career.

He called for an end to measures that “enslave” people in a new song calling for the lifting of restrictions in the event of a pandemic.

Councilor Emmet McDonough-Brown said: “Van Morrison has been awarded the Freedom of Belfast, the highest honor the city can bestow.

“His most recent words undermine the guidelines in place to protect lives and ignore established science as we grapple with Covid-19.

“So I asked Belfast City Council to consider revoking him. “

He added: “I think we should withdraw the approval.

“He remains free to say what he wants. “

Van Morrison became the 79th Belfast Freedom recipient in 2013. Credit: PA Images

Sir Van grew up in East Belfast and the inspiration for several songs came from local streets like Cyprus Avenue and Hyndford Street.

The singer-songwriter, 75, is posting a trio of protest songs calling for an end to rules to stop the spread of the coronavirus.

His song No more locking calls those who “disturb our peace” as “fascist brutes”.
Belfast faces new restrictions preventing residents from entering other people’s homes as the infection rate rises.

Health Minister Robin Swann said Sir Van’s lockdown protest songs were dangerous.

The lyrics also include a reference to an unsubstantiated conspiracy theory that scientists “make up twisted facts”.

He slammed celebrities “telling us how we’re supposed to feel” by calling for an end to the “status quo”.

In a statement Sir Van said: ‘I am not telling people what to do or what to think, the government is already doing a great job in this area.

“It’s a matter of freedom of choice, I believe people should have the right to think for themselves. “


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