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SO WHAT’S ALL THE FUSS ABOUT WITH THE TUV, DUP AND ORANGE ORDER???
LOYALIST band give prize to very young teenager in KU KLUX KLAN (KKK) uniform. The Lanarkshire Loyalist Flute Band celebrated “Hallowen/Culture party on Saturday – at premises belonging to the local council.
The photograph above from the event shows an unidentified man in white robes and a pointed hood complete with the KKK’s symbol on the chest.
He is being presented with a plaque from a woman, also unidentified, under the caption’ ” Craigneuk Imperial Ladies Flute Band”, from North Lanarkshire.
Orange bands’ historic link to Glasgow Klan
A HIGH profile Scottish loyalist who took part in Twelfth marches in Belfast in the 1930s, went on to start a branch of the Ku Klux Klan (KKK) in Glasgow. Billy Fullerton led a notorious gang, the Brighton Boys, whose signature tune was The Billy Boys an infamous sectarian song which was associated with the
Orange Order and Rangers Football Club. The song which includes the line: “we’re up to our knees in Fenian blood”, was banned from football grounds by the Scottish government in 2011.
Born in Brighton area of Glasgow, Fullerton formed the Brighton Billy Boys, an anti-Catholic gang from Bridgeton Cross, in 1924. At its height, the gang had 800 members.
According to reports, Fullerton led the Brighton Purple and Crown Flute Band which marched during the Twelfth in Belfast in the 1930s.
When the Billy Boys went into decline in the late 1930s, Billy Fullerton joined Oswald Mosley’s British Union of Fascists and went on to start a Glasgow branch of the Ku Klux Klan.
With many thanks to: The Irish News. For the story above.
“I suppose the Orange Order and the Loyal Order’s with their history going back to 1690 forgot to mention that little bit of history with the KKK”!
‘BIZARRE THAT TARGETS SHOULD RISE PREDICTABLY TO BAIT’
Irish News cartoonist Ian Knox, a long-standing friend of artist Joe McWilliams who died last month, gives his views on the controversy.
What a shame Joe couldn’t hang around long enough to enjoy the effect his great Christian Flutists had on his chosen target.
I can only look on with envy. It’s bizarre too that the Orange and TUV targets should rise in such a predictably brain-dead manner to the bait. A little checking by those protectors of public space, who love to live in the past (1690), would have shown the Orange marching bands have clearly documented links to the setting up of the first British section of the Ku Kux Klan back in Glasgow in the late 1930s or early 1940s.
The culprit was notorious black shirt strike-breaker and drummer in the Brighton Purple and Crown Orange marching Band. Billy Fullerton. Fullerton, rather than William of Orange, was a frequent Twelfth visitor to Belfast and the “Billy” of the notorious Brighton Boys who terrorised Catholics, Jews, Trade Unionists and any foreign nationals unfortunate to end up in the sectarian cauldron of 1930s Glasgow.
“I honestly don’t see the difference between 1930s Orange Order and that of 2015 they are still bigots who hate a Catholic about the place”
With many thanks to: The Irish News. For the story above.
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TUV calls for painting depicting ‘Orangemen as KKK members’ to be removed from RUA exhibition – BelfastTelegraph.co.uk
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TODAY we launch an appeal for much-needed funds for loyalist paramilitaries and Loyalist Communities Council (LCC).
After giving up their criminal campaign, 20 years after they last promised to give up their criminal campaign, the Re-home a Red Hand and Adopt a UDA Man (RRHAUDAM) appeals urgently need your help. For just £50,000 a year could give idle buggers like Sammy from the Shankill a community worker’s job.
It would help to pay for the three holidays a year and the top-of-the-range car which he and his family so badly need. In return, he’ll promise to enrich the culture of his community and lay off doing anyones’ knees. Obviously he’d still be good for a bit of blow (weed) but keep it to yourself. But the suddenly contrite paramilitaries aren’t looking for charity. They will be bringing important job skills to any cushy number they’re offered. They have maths skills from years of working out if Jonty has a kilo of weed how many half ounces can he knock out if he expects a 50 per cent mark up.
Or if a local businessman refuses to pay his £80-a-week protection money how many bricks will it take to do his windows. They have invaluable people skills, honed over decades of dealing with the local community – the bookies, the bar men, the travel agents, the car dealers, the wee girls in the off-licence. And all they want is the chance to give back to their community by getting the jobs few of them have ever bothered getting before. They long to experience life on minimum wage and a zero hours contract because who needs qualifications when you have an overwhelming sense of entitlement. Our appeal so far has raised £1 million from the Tony Blair’s an Angel Who’s Still Fixing the World Foundation.
It’s a tiny amount compared to the £26 million which was raised by the PIRA in their Northern Bank fundraiser but it was either that or cupcake sales for the next millennium. It’s vitally important that the paramilitaries are shown our love because otherwise they might just keep doing what they’ve always done for the last 20 years. There will be some strays from the path of peace, like Tyrone, South East Antrim, East Belfast and the UPRG who aren’t ready to leave the old ways behind. They will be humanely arrested for blatantly breaking the law, even though they’ve miraculously got away with a life of crime up to now. So please give what you can – support your local loyalist so he doesn’t have to.
With many thanks to: Roisin Gorman. http://firstname.lastname@example.org. Sunday World.
A PRIEST on Wednsday night said he hoped the judgment in the case of 13 (unlucky for sum number) loyalist bandsmen who played a sectarian tune outside his Belfast Catholic Church would send a clear message for future parades.
Three members of the Young Conway Volunteers ( a band allinged to the morden day UVF) on Wednsday 29th April received suspended jail sentences after being filmed playing the Famine Song while marching in a circle outside St Patrick’s Church in July 2012. Ten others were bound over to keep the peace, and £300 in fines were imposed on all but two of the accused. District Judge Paul Copeland told them: ” This was outrageous and inflammatory behaviour, which could have precipitated serious public disorder.” St Patrick’s parish priest Fr Michael Sheehan, said he “noted the very clear judgement” and hoped “this will add clarity for future bands and to future determinations by the Parades Commisssion”. “Again I encocourage all to follow and adhere to the determinations in contentious parades.” Shame Fein councillor JJ Magee, who recorded the footage of the band, said the convictons “send out a clear message that sectarianism will not be tolerated”. However, a TUV councillor described the news as “disgusting” and offered to pay part of the fine imposed on one loyalist. The bandsmen had fought a charge of ‘doing a provocative act likely to cause public disorder or a breach of the peace’. They denied playing the Famine Song – including the line ‘The famine’s over, why don’t you go home?’ – claiming instead to have been performing the Beach Boys hit Sloop John B. Convicted were: Aaron McCory (29) of Argyle Court; Alan Adlam (42) from Dewey Street; Christopher McKay (24) of Wallasey Park; Bryan Green (27) of Canmore Court; Stephen Smyth (22) from Tennent Streeet; William Carlisle (30) from Ainsworth Avenue; Jonathan Airdrie (25) of Columbia Street; Paul Shaw (35) of Geoffrey Street; Thomas Gibney (36) from Lawnbrook Avenue – all in Belfast – and Ryan Aitcheson (28) of Ravelston Avenue in Newtownabbey. Charges were also brought against three other youths. Defence lawyers played songs by a Swedish folk singer, a Star Trek enthusiast and football fan chants – all to the same tune – in a bid to have their clients cleared. Paul Shaw, band leader on the day, said they had been forced to stop outside St Patrick’s due to a break in the July 12th parade and started up the Beach Boys to ward off lethargy amoung members tired from the previous night. He revealed that he later penned a letter to Catholic parishioners “to explain the band in no way had intention to cause any upset to anybody”. However, Judge Copeland said it was “a studied and deliberate piece of conduct which involved their playing and marching (pictued above outside St Patrick’s) not just past this church, but deliberately remaining within feet of the doorstep”. He added that the Famine Song has entered into the “repertoire” of loyalist band music and had the potential “as an anthem of sectarian abuse at least, or, at worst, racial hatred”. Five-month prison sentences, suspended for two years, were imposed on McCrory, McKay and Airdrie. The other 10 were each bound over to keep the peace for the next two years. A lawyer for Shaw and one of the teenagers confirmed their intention to appeal the verdict.
Shame Fein councillor welcomes convictions of bandsmen
Mr Magee shot damning footage of the band walking in circles while playing the controversial song – previously judged to be racist by a Scotish court – during a July 12 march. The episode sparked one of the most bitter parades disputes across the North of Ireland in recent years as well as bringing the Famine Song to wider attention. The hate-filled tune was also at the centre of controversy recently after Bangor Protestant Boys played it within earshot of St Patrick’s Church during an Apprentice Boys parade on Easter Monday. While loyal order marches past the city centre church and nearby nationalist Carrick Hill district have been contentious down the years, the event outside St Patrick’s Church in 2012 dramatically raised tensions and provoked protests by residents which have continued since. Based on the loyalist Shankill Road, the Young Conway Volunteers band was formed in 2007 for the “preservation and promotion” of the memory of Thomas Kinner – a member of the UVF youth wing, the Young Citizen Volunteers, who died in 2003. At the time unionist politicians defended the band including former DUP minister Nelson McCausland, who described their actions as “naive”. Shame Fein accused Mr McCausland and North Belfast MP Nigel Dodds of being “in close proximity” to the bandsmen but failing to intervene. The band was at the centre of more controversy weeks later when it defied a Parades Commission ruling not to take part in Royal Black Institution march past St Patrick’s Church. Prior to the August parade First Minister Peter (the lock keeper got it in) Robinson was one of several unionist politicians and band members who signed an open letter to then Secretary of State Owen Patterson complaining about the YCV ban and warning of possible violence. The letter called Mr Patterson a ‘Pontius Pilate’ and urged him to disband the Parades Commission, accusing it of making “a monstrous determination that defies logic and natural justice”. The Royal Black Institution later apologised to clergy and parishioners of St Patrick’s Church after bands defied commission rulings on music and trouble broke out, leaving seven police officers injured. Tensions have remained high during subsequent marches past the church, with protesters claiming bands have continued to breach determinations. Last year 17 members of the YCV band were cleared of breaching a commission determination relating to the August parade after a judge ruled it could not be proved they knew anything about the ruling. Two ‘Pride of Ardoyne’ drummers were also cleared of knowingly breaching restrictions afer citing eyesight and reading limitations for not seeing signs warning to play a single drumbeat. Questions were then asked of the legal system when, weeks later, six members of the Constable Anderson Memorial Band from Larne in Co Antrim were convicted of flouting a Parades Commission ruling not to play music outside St Patrick’s Church during the same parade. In April last year 11 members of Dunmurry Protestant Boys were acquitted of provocatively playing a sectarian tune outside the church during an Apprentice Boys parade in November 2012. They had denied striking up the Famine Song, claiming instead they were playing the Beach Boys’ Sloop john B, which uses the same air. A judge threw the case out on the basis that it could not be proven that a breach of the peace (one law for Protestants another for Catholics) was either intended or likely. But later that month the most senior member of the Royal Black Institution in Belfast was one of five members of the organisation convicted of knowingly breaching a ban on loyalist bands playing music outside St Patrick’s Church. William Mawhinney was also the Orange Order’s Belfast county secretary and has played a central part in demonstrations connected to the loyalist protest camp in the Twaddell area close to Ardoyne in North Belfast. Meanwhile, in 2013 William Bell (48), known as Billy, admitted assaulting JJ Magee during the July 2012 parade as it past Saint Patrick’s Church in North Belfast. Bell waved a club-shaped stick at the Shame Fein member, who has since been elected to Belfast City Council, as he was filming the band outside the church. Mr Magee welcomed the latest convictions on Wednsday night. “It sends out a clear message that sectarianism will not be tolerated,” he said. “Time and time again bands stick two fingers up to the parishioners of St Patrick’s Church. He also called on the Orange Order, which to date has refused to meet Carrick Hill residents, to enter into talks. The Orange Order, which hires these bands, claims it wants respect for its expression of culture but they need to realise that respect is a two-way street,” he said. A spokesman for the County Grand Orange Lodge of Belfast said: “As the ruling is the subject of a possible appeal it would be inappropiate to comment.” The DUP’s Nelson McCausland meanwhile said he was “appalled” at a decision to not prosecute a band called The Druids who were accused of making anti-British army remarks during last year’s Ardoyne Fleadh. He said it was ,” Ironic that this decision has been revealed on the same day” as the YCV band members were convicted.
With many thanks to: Connla Young, The Irish News, for the origional story.
Politician offers to help pay court
A TUV politician has offered to help pay the court fine handed down to one of the bandsmen convicted on Wednsday April 29th.
Jolene Bunting, Belfast’s only a TUV councillor, said she would pay part of the £300 fine imposed on Christopher McKay. McKay, of Wallasey Park in North Belfast, was one of three bandsmen given a five-month prison sentence suspended for two years. Shortly after the court hearing, the 24-year-old expressed his anger over the sentence on Facebook. Replaying to his message, Ms Bunting wrote: “Absolutely disgusting, there was NOT illegal about what the band done (sic). I will give you a couple of pound towarwards your fine Chrissy.” However, McKay told the councillor that a financial contribution was unnecessary. “No mate its sweet ill get it paid chum iv 10 weeks mate,”he wrote. A number of Facebook friends also showed their support for the defendent and criticised the court decision. McKay described it as “shockin like cuz were prods”. Last year Ms Bunting apologised for sectarian comments she made online in 2011 about Catholics. The councillor, aged in her early twenties, had been heavily criticised for the remarks after being elected to the new Belfast super council. One message read: “I’m so sick of the poor Catholic bastards they make me sick.” Ms Bunting adimitted what she wrote was “wrong” – but said she didn’t regret the content, “I do not want to appologise for the innocent people in the Court ward who I offended by using the word Catholic when I ment republicans,” she said.
With many thanks to: Brendan Hughes, The Irish News, For the orgional story.
HIGH-PROFILE Union flag protester Jamie Bryson must prove he was unaware that a series of demonstrations were unlallful, a judge has ruled.
The 24-year-old, pictured above, is charged with taking part in four unnotifed public processions at the height of the dispute in Belfast during January and February last year. Mass protests were being staged at the time over the decision to restrict the flying of the Union Flag at Belfast City Hall. Bryson’s bid to clear his name has been on hold due to a legal dispute over the standerds of proof rerquried in the case. A hearing was adjourned last October at Belfast Magistrates Court amid conflicting opinions on the legislation being uesed to prosecute him. The Public Processions (North of Ireland) Act 1998 includes a defence to the charge if the accused did not know or suspect the event was unnotifed. Lawyers for Bryson, from Rosepark in Donaghadee, Co Down, argued that he only has to raise the issue of ignorance. They contended that the burden then switchs to the prosectution to establish he knew the demonstrations breached the legislation. But District Judge Fiona Bagnall instead ruled on Monday January 5th 2014, that Bryson must prove, on the balance of probabilities, that he was unaware. He has the opportunity to exonerate himself by showing he did not know or suspect the processions were unlawful, she said. Judge Bagnall also said the legislative provisions have great importance in helping to minimise opportunites for public disorder in the North of Ireland society. Having reached her decision on the preliminary point, the contest is now listed for next month. Bryson, who was in court with two friends, remains on bail until the trail takes place. Defence counsel Richard McConkey also asked for the case to be mentioned again in a week’s time. “This is an important decision and I will have to take instructions in respect of it,” she said.
With many thanks to: The Irish News, for the origional story.
DUP bigot MP Gregory Campbell and Apprentice Boy accused of ‘pure ignorance’ after moking Irish language
YOGHURT CAN COCA COALYER
DUP MP Gregory Campbell has been accused of “pure ignorance” after replaying to the assembly speaker during a debate on the Irish language and Ulster Scots with “curry my yoghurt”.
Shame Fein culture minister Caral Ni Chuilin, said Mr Campbell’s behaviour was “not befinitting a member of the assembly”. The comments came after the pair clashed during a debate on the Irish language and Ulster Scots when Mr Cambell was invited to speak by principal deputy speaker, Mitchel McLaughlin. In response, Mr Campbell appeared to mock the Irish language replaying: “Curry my yoghurt can coca coalyer”. The phrase was an apparent referance to “go raibh maith agat, Ceann Comharle” which means “Thankyou, speaker, in Irish. When Mr Campbell’s behaviour was not “benifitting a member of the assembly”. “If it’s anything to go by what you just did, we don’t need a strategy for pure ignorence,” she said. Ms Ni Chulin said she had complained to the Speaker’s Office about Mr Campbell’s “mockery of the Irish language”. It is not the first time Mr Campbell has outspoken about the Irish language. In October 2012 the DUP MP voiced his criticism of an eduational advert in Irish. Mr Campbell said the advert, one of several being broadcast in English and Irish as part of a campaign aimed at encourging parents to take part in their childrens education, was entirely inapporpriate”. In 1987, fellow DUP MP Sammy (I have no cloth’s on) Wilson, a former Belfast City Councillor, labelled Irish, “a leprechaun language” after it was spoken during a council debate by Shame Fein councillors.
With many thanks to: Marie Louise McConville, The Irish News, for the origional story.
DUP and UUP demand panel on parading as pre-condition to talks
‘I urged secretary of state to ensure that it earns cross-community support – Charlie Flanagan.
THE British government last night rejected claims its decision to establish a panel on parading disputes in Belfast was a capitulation to unionist threats.
As widely predicted in recent weeks Secretary of State Theresa Villiers announced the establishment of a group of “experts” to explore ways of resolving the controversy surrounding the July 12 march past Ardoyne. The combined unionist leadership had called for the sectretary of state to set-up a body to help break the impasse after the Parades Commission banned a return Orange Order march along the Crumlin Road. The DUP and Ulster Unionists were joined by the TUV, UPRG and Orange Order in warning of a “graduated response” if their demand was not met. In recent weeks, the two biggest unionist parties have made the establishment of such a panel a pre-condition to entering a fresh round of all-party talks. In a statement last night, the combined unionist leadership said they would be seeking further clarification from the secretary of state on “some of the panel’s terms of reference, membership, functions and reporting”. “Our objective is to resolve issues in parading and we want o ensure the panel is capable of achieving hat objective,” the statement said. “After this we will meet again to discuss the next steps in our joint response.” In announcing the setting up of a panel, Ms Villiers said the Parades Commission determination on this year’s Twelfth march said “deep-seated issues” around parades on the Crumlin Road needed to be addressed in a structured manner. She said nothing would be done to undermine the role or remit of the Parades Commission.
“I believe that efforts to build mutual understanding and trust between the different sides in this dispute, through dialogue and mediation are worth visiting in,” she said. Mrs Villiers said she hoped the panel would gather oral and written evidence from a variety of contributors and could publish its final report in January. Prime Minister David Cameron said the establishment of a panel, whose members will be approved by the Stormont executive, was an attempt to “defuse” a difficult situation. Mr Cameron said his government had not caved into unionist demands and that Ms Villiers was right to seek a solution. But Shame Fein’s Gerry (the mouth) Kelly, pictured, below on the left, accused the secretary of state of “capitulating” and rewarding intransigence. The North Belfast MLA said the move underlined the British government’s “partisan approach to unionism”. “The panel does not have the support of the local community,” he said. “I’m also disappointed that during the course of Theresa Villiers’ discussion with negative unionism that she did not listen to the views of the residents of Ardoyne.” SDLP MLA Alban Maginness said his party had always maintained that setting up a panel would undermine the Parades Commission. “The secretary of state is promoting a backdoor review of the commission and one in which the terms of reference puts other parades on the table for discussion and means that future regulation of parading is in question,” he said. Alliance leader David Ford called for an end to the protest at Twattdell in order to allow the panel to do its work. Meanwhile, the Republic’s minister for foreign affairs Charlie Flanagan, who discussed the proposal with Ms Villiers during a meeting on a range of issues in Dublin yesterday, said of the initiative: “I urged the Secretary of State to ensure that, in taking this forward, she does everything to ensure that it earns cross-community support and particularly that it has the confidence of those directly affected on the ground by the parading situation at Woodvale and Ardoyne.”
With many thanks to: John Manley, Political Correspondent, The Irish News.
Commission becomes a mere panel
IN the three months since the combined unionist leadership revealed its graduated response, the grandlose-sounding commission of inquiry they demanded has been downgraded to a mere panel – not even a panel inquiry.
In the three months between now and January, when its report is published, expect a further watering down and an outcome so woolly that it’s likely to redefine the term constructive ambiguity. What is surely obvious to all sides in North Belfast is that the answer to resolving the Ardoyne parade controversy is dialogue and mediation between the two sides. Fifteen months of protest at Twattdell has achieved nothing beyond a greater sense of loyalist victimhood and a whopping policing bill. In all likelihood the panel will conclude that dialogue and ultimately compromise is required to resolve the situation but it remains to be seen whether this will satisfy the Orange (disorder) Order and its political allies. Perhaps if they don’t get the desired result, the panel will be dismissed as an unelected and unaccountable quango. The secretary of state has made it clear that “nothing would be done which undermined the role or remit of the Parades Commission”, therefore all the panel can do is inform the commission’s future determinations, which pretty much brings us back to where we started with the need for dialogue and mediation. Northern Ireland Office sources insist the establishment of the panel is not a sop to anybody, though with the two biggest unionists parties refusing to enter fresh talks unless their demand is met, it’s difficult to regard it as anything else. Yet it could also be seen as a positive move in so far as it requires engagement from those who in the past have been reluctant to do little more than demand their ‘civil rights’. In her announcement the secretary of state said there was a widespread acknowledgement that something was needed to break the deadlock and what she has come up with is ostensibly unpalatable to nationalists and republicans, they could do worse than call the unionists’ bluff and play along with the panel. The combined unionist leadership was on Tuesday night giving the initiative a guarded response, after all it will take some time to canvass and articulate the divergent opinions of its broad membership. In the coming weeks there will inevitably be some controversy over the selection and subsequent Stormont executive approval of the panel’s experts and concerns that their agenda is too restrictive. However, when all is said and done, the solution to the Ardoyne impasse will not lie in the panel’s final report but in the courage and foresight of unionism’s leaders.
With many thanks to: John Manley, The Irish News, for the origional story.
Flute band plays Famine Song during Royal Black parade
LOYALISTS have played the sectarian Famine Song for a second time outside the same Catholic Church in North Belfast on Saturday 30th August 2014. These sectarian loyalist marches should be banned from going through all Catholic areas! Once and for all and forever!!!
Eyewitnesses said a loyalist sectarian flute band taking part in a Royal Black Institution parade last Saturday ignored a Parades Commission determination and played the sectarian song as it arrived at St Patrick’s Catholic Church on Donegall Street in North Belfast. When the band last played the Famine Song outside Saint Patrick’s two years ago the consequences were serious, with political institutions endangered after First Minister Peter (the outgoing) Robinson signed a letter condemning the Parades Commission. An effort to prosecute members of the YCV band failed after a judge accepted that the bandsmen may not have been aware of the Parades Commission determination (what a fucking load of cowswollop that was) as is said the Butchers Apron (protecting the Protestant interest). The decision to play the incendiary song at one of the north’s most sensitive parading sites for a second time drew criticism from nationalists. Shame Fein culture minister Caral Ni Chuilin said the Parades Commission determinition had been breached (maybe now Shame Fein and their culture minister will stop funding for Orange (bigot) Fest and called for a resolution to the ongoing crisis of parades along the stretch of road. She said the Famine Song was played as the parade approached the church. “Local people are furious. The Sash was played at the top of Clifton Street,” she said. “No matter where they were played, it was a breach of the determination. ” This could all be resolved with bands sounding a single drum beat – no music, no supporters. This ultimately needs to be resolved and the ball is in the loyal orders’ court,” she said. Meanwhile, loyalists and republicans traded insults and a banger was thrown during a nearby republican march on Sunday August 31st. There was a large police presence at the Republican Network for Unity (RNU) parade to mark the birth of United Irishman Henry Joy McCracken. The Parades Commission imposed restrictions on the march between Clifton Street and Henry Place where up to 100 loyalist protesters gathered opposite Clifton Street Orange Hall. Rival loyalist and republicans traded insults and a banger was thrown during a republican march at a Belfast interface last Sunday. Up to 100 republicans marched through north Belfast and into Clifton Street Cemetery where the Protestant rebel leader was buried, sparking angry jeers from the protesters on the other side of the road. Stewards on the republican side, of which the majority were youths, moved to remove alcohol from two young women who returned insults at the protesters. Marchers and protesters aimed mobile phones at each other to record the other side as republican bands from Portadown, Kilkeel and Glasgow took part. TUV councillor Joleen Bunting said the loyalist potesters were there because they felt “under attack”. “In previous years protesters have been hit by golf balls and had abuse shouted at them from this march which is facing an Orange hall. “We are unhappy with the Parades Commission and police and people in authority are not being held accountable. We feel we are being sold out and we feel under attack.” But Martin Og Meehan, one of the republican organisers said they had not applied to play music and were not passing a place of worship. “We are promoting a culture and a radical alternative to Stormont. The Orange hall is just a building and not a church where prayer services are held today. We applied to stay on one side of the road and march to a single drumbeat. “These ptotesters should go and read their history. They are protesting against Henry Joy McCracken. We are here to commemorate on the date of his birth, what he did for Ireland for Catholic, Protestant and dissenter.”
With many thanks to: Andrea McKernon, The Irish News, for the orgional story.
GARC is a non party political residents group that is committed to peaceful, radical actvity that will lead to the end of all unwanted sectarian Loyal Order marches through Ardoyne, Mountainview and The Dales.
GARC have demonstrated our ability since 2010 to participate in mass mobillisations of those opposed to secarian parades, including sit down protests, whiteline pickets and two counter parades attended by thousands of people. Our analysis that no sectarian parade is welcome in Greater Ardoyne was validated by a survey delivered to every home in the area, with over 90% of 1200 responding homes stating that all Loyal Order parades through our community are unacceptable. Our ability to again call thousands onto the streets to oppose either morning or evening parades should not be underestimated. This past week has seen two contradictory determinations from the Parades Commission, one rewarding the Orange Order and UVF for putting this community under siege since July 2013, while another came to logical conclusion that the evening parade was unjustifed in seeking to trample over the rights of residents. It is the opinion of GARC, and by extension most Greater Ardoyne residents, that both parades should not pass through our area. We have demanded to meet the Parades Commission to put forward this argument this week, and this will happen in the coming days. The solution to the vicious circle of unwanted parades, loyalist intimidation, community disruption and PSNI violence against the people of Greater Ardoyne is to use the alternative route via Harmony Lane (pictured below).
This would provide the Loyal Orders with the totally legitimate right to express their culture and heritage where they are welcome, while causing no offence to residents and ensuring no need for massive funds being allocated to “security” and away from frontline services such as health and education. While our analysis would be that the route is already viable, any cost to the Stormont Executive of upgrading it to a standard acceptable to Loyal Orders would be minimal in comparison to the 10 million it has cost to uphold the 2013 determination. GARC remain willing to meet and talk with the Loyal Orders directly or indirectly, individually or collectively, to give our analysis and to listen to that of others. With this in mind, and following intensive community consulation since this year’s determinations were made public, we have decided to withdraw plans for a mass mobilisation to oppose the 12th morning parade. This will help contribute to what we hope will be a conflict free 12th of July, that will lead to a conducive envioronment for talks in coming weeks around securing the use of the Harmony Lane route. However, we will have a number of residents present at the 12th morning parade to monitor for any breaches of the Parades Commission determination. Activity open to any residents groups and political parties to support the alternative route as the only viable and sensible solution to the issue of sectarian parades in Greater Ardoyne, rather than entertaining the “morning acceptable, evening unacceptable” argument. We would ask that they help to form a united campaign against the continued denial of Ardoyne, Mountainveiw and Dales residents to live free from sectarian harassment and intimidation. Statement Ends.