Orange Order to find out parade protest decision

THE Orange Order will find out today whether it will be allowed to stage a protest at a major internment parade in Belfast city centre.


In what is believed to be a first, the order has applied to the Parades Commission to demonstrate during the march by anti-agreement republican groups tommorow evening. The Anti-Internment League says it has organised the “human rights” parade to highlight what it describes as “internment by remand” of republicans facing paramilitary charges. It notified the commission that up to 5,000 people could take part. Two loyalist groups which emerged during the Union flag protests earlier this year – United Protestant Voice and the Protestant Coalition – have also applied to hold separate protests at Royal Avenue involving up to 200 people each.

The Parades Commission has already granted two previously unknown groups – Greater Concerned Residents Group Belfast and Concerned Residents Group Shankill Belfast – to hold separate demonstrations involving 150 people each at Royal Avenue. And it emerged last night that a sixth group – the Friends of No 9 District – have now applied to hold a protest involving 150 people. If all the demonstrations get the green light it could bring the total number of loyalists opposing the march to 950. SDLP assembly member Albban Maginness called for calm ahead of the parade. “The SDLP believe that people have the right to express their views but that with that right there is a responsibility to behave in a sensitive and respectful way,” he said.

With many thanks to : Connla Young, The Irish News.

Order to hand out leaflets at protest parade urging peace


from the

3 Ligional Lodges, Bands & Local residents

Today is a Parade to show we have not and will not go away.

The Parade will stop on the Woodvale Road at Woodvale Parade.

It is requested that all supporters stop at the line of Orange Marshalls.

After a period the National Anthem will be played and we will all disperse.

No matter what the provocation, violence is not the answer.

Any violence will play into the hands of Republicans.

Thankyou for  coming today and joining the campaign to see the Lodges return home and this Parades Commission removed. We look forward to your ongoing support over the coming months as the campaign unfolds.


Above is a copy of the wording being distributed at the Woodvale Road parade in North Belfast.

Body criticised over march amid tensions


THE Orange Order will hand out leaflets to supporters attending a parade at Woodvale today calling on them not to engage in violence. The leaflet also states that plans to step up the Belfast protests will “unfold over the coming months.”

There is expected to be a heavy police presence in north Belfast for the protest parade that will walk from the Shankill Road to police lines at the Woodvale Road and Woodvale Parade. There are 600 ‘mutual aid ‘ officers from outside constabularies still  in the North of Ireland assisting the PSNI/RUC. Serious violence occoured at the flashpoint on July 12 after three Ligional Lodges were banned from the Crumlin Road, the violence spread to other areas and continued for four days. On Tuesday the OrangeO Order was widely criticised for applying for another parade along the Crumlin Road and past Ardoyne with tensions still high in the area. The Parades Commission refused the order permission to pass Ardoyne. Instead the group, involving 500 participants, three bands and an undisclosed number of supporters, will be stopped at police lines at Woodvale Parade.

The Orange Order have said they will have their own marshals working to keep peace during the parade and have asked supporters to leave peacefully immediately following the singing of the British national anthem. The Parades Commission have ruled that the parade must disperse by no later than 4.30pm. Nationalist residents group the Greater Ardoyne Residents Collective (GARC), have cancelled a planned protest in response to the Parades Commission determination. Senior officer Will Kerr met loyalist representives at police headquarters in east Belfast yesterday to discuss the planned protest. Concerns were also raised about the policing of a parade in east Belfast on July 12 in which a number of those taking part in the march were injured. A police spokesman said that during the meeting officers confirmed that a “significant number of missiles, including stones and paint bombs, had been thrown at the parade” from the nationalist Short Strand area. “Similarly, missiles were also thrown into the Short Strand area. “The PSNI expressed concern for those who had been injured as a result of those missiles and outlined that a full investigation has now commenced. “In relation to further Parades and associated protests the PSNI again emphasise the need for behaviour to be both peaceful and lawful and highlight the fact that attacks on Police Officers are wholly unacceptable and unjustifiable,” a spokesman said.

With many thanks to : Allison Morris, The Irish News.


From the perspective of an Ex-member of the Orange Order !

When Richard Harass arrives…. he will need to realise that the only way to bring them to heel is to hit them where it hurts – in their pockets.

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THOMAS Babington Macaulay was a 19th century English historian, politician and writer. In the 1840s he was MP for Edinburgh, in 1847, after he made a speech supporting an increase in the annual grant to Maynooth, the Tories whipped up Orangemen into a a campaign of sectarian hatred against him and he lost his seat.

The campaign degenerated into violence against Catholics fleeing the Famine to Scotland. The Tories washed their hands of it. Plus ca change. Mccaulay said: ” The natural consequences follow. All those fierce spirits, whom you hollowed on to harass  us, now turn around and begin to worry you. The Orangeman raises his war-whoop…. But what did you exspect? Did you think, when, to serve your turn, you called the Devil up, that it was easy to lay him as to raise him? Did you think, when you went on flattering all the worse passions of those whom you knew you knew to be in the wrong, that the day of reckoning would never come?”

The day of reckoning has certainly come for the Orange Order. They have been exposed as never before after the inflammatory speeches of their leaders threatening days of demonstrations and “fighting the war on today’s battleground” blew up in their faces. They were isolated as the thugs their emotive language unleashed proceeded to wreak the gardens, walls and fences of neat houses on the Woodvale Road. To add to their disgrace semi-naked men and women full of cheap drink performed acts of debauchery in public. Men wearing Orange Order collarettes and uniformed bandsmen tried to kill police officers with swords, ball-bearings fired from hunting catapults and petrol bombs. Orange culture on full display for the world’s media. Like Mcaulay’s Tories the cowardly unionist politicians who only days before had signed an appeal calling for decisions of the Parades Commission to be obeyed ran for cover after immediately attacking any decision they didn’t like whether at Carrick Hill or Ardoyne. Besashed Nigel Dodds and his little Sir Echo, nodding dog McCauseland, tried on Friday morning to persuade the police to breach the ruling that only 100 blue-bag yahoos be permitted past Ardoyne. Rarther than starting the day with a riot the police agreed to the raucous jeers of said blue-bag brigade.

You’d think that even the ancient dopes who lead the Orange Order must realise the game is up. They don’t. When Richard Haass arrives to try to square the circle he will need to realise that the only way to bring them to heel is to hit them where it hurts – in their pockets. If you were to try to organise a public function in a park or square you would need to acquire public liability insurance. Every Orange march declared contentious should be required to lodge a bond of £10,000 and provide an insurance certificate for £10 million. The Orange Order should be required to pay for policing just as football clubs do. ACC Will Kerr has the cost of the weekend disturbances is already into “multiple millions”. We all have to pay for that in money diverted from schools, hospitals and roads. That’s outrageous. The people who cause the damage should be liable and that’s just the Orange Order. Just as the Football Association penalises clubs that transgress so the order should be made to fine lodges who hire paramilitaries masquearading as bands and who breach Parades Commission rulings. The executive will never agree to this. However, the Public Processions Act 1998 is Westminister can amend overnight. It’s long past time to stop concentrating efforts to regulate Orange marches on criminal sanctions for policing their routes and behaviour. The only way to proceed is to cripple the order financially if they refuse to behave decently and lawfully. Hurting the clubs was the way football thuggery was brought to heel. For a start there should be a review of conditions for all goverenment grants and certainly of any EU money promised to the Orange Order. They cannot continue to receive public money yet tell their members to disobey the law, encourage them onto the streets and then collect the next trance of cash after their antics have cost millions of pounds.

With many thanks to : Brian Feeny, The Irish News.


THE Orange Order was last night urged to “see since” and scrap plans to march past Ardoyne shops again this weekend. There are fears of fresh loyalist violence after the surprise decision by North Belfast Orange men to apply for a parade at the flashpoint on Saturday.


Rioting has broken out in loyalist areas of the city since a Parades Commission decision to stop a march returning past the interface on July 12. Furious Orange Order leaders called for protests after they were banned from walking past nationalist homes on the Crumlin Road, but later called off the action after heavy criticism from the PSNI. There were scenes of serious violence in Woodvale, close to Ardoyne, last Friday night as Orange men and supporters clashed with police enforcing the commission’s ruling. Despite this, and the fact the loyal order said no-one in the unionist community should engage with the Parades Commission, its Number Two district has now applied to march on Saturday afternoon from the Shankill Road to Ligional Orange Hall via Woodvale and the Crumlin Road.

It will involve up to 500 participants and one band, but the number of supporters is unknown. A ruling is due today (THURS). SDLP assembly member Alban Maginness branded the move “unhelpful and irresponsible”. “I am calling on the Orange Order to see since and withdraw their application,” he said.”It is time now for leadership and calm and I am calling on the Orange Order to do the right thing.” Sinn Fein assembly member Gerry Kelly also accused the order of “doing damage to community relations and themselves”. “The Orange Order said they were calling off their protests and yet we still have marches up to police lines at interfaces nightly and now this application to march on Saturday,” he said. “All this application does is inflame the situation.” The DUP’s Arlene Foster last night welcomed the fact the Order had applied to the Parades Commission, saying it was better to hold a lawful protest than an illegal one. A spokesman for the Orange Order declined to comment last night.

With thanks to : Connla Young, The Irish News.


Petrol bombs and blast bombs thrown

LOYALISTS threw blast bombs and petrol bombs at police and attacked nationalist homes in east Belfast during a fourth night of rioting.

Masked loyalist hurls Blast-Bomb at police lines on the Woodvale Road area of North Belfast.

Despite appeals for calm from police and politicians a pipe bomb was thrown at officers in north Belfast and loyalist rioters attacked police in south Belfast last night. Police fired at least one baton round and used water connon on rioters on lower Newtownards Road in the east of the city after attacks on homes in the nationalist Short Strand area. Masked men threw four blast bombs from the loyalist Pitt Park area at police on lower Newtownards Road. Noone was injured. Up to 50 rioters threw stones stones and other missiles at police in the Glenmachan Street and Broadway areas of South Belfast. In North Belfast hundreds of loyalists, many wearing Orange regalia, blocked Twaddell Avenue for several hours and up to three bands walked up the road playing The Sash. Loyalists threw petrol bombs and missiles at police near the Mount Vernon estate and a vehicle was set alight. Loyalist protesters blocked roads in the Corcrain area of Portadown, Co Armagh, including a junction with the nationalist Garvaghy Road.

In Derry officers seized 20 paint bombs during a whiteline protest by loyalists on the main Glendermott and Limavady Roads. Paint was thrown at two Protestant churches in Derry erarlier yesterday, an attack condemned by Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness. Early yesterday evening police narrowly escaped serious injury after a pipe bomb expolded close to officers in north Belfast. The device was thrown from the nationalist Brompton Park area of Ardoyne at police on Crumlin Road at about 5pm yesterday. Noone was injured in the attack, which was swiftly condemned by nationalist and unionist politicians. A seven-year-old was on the street at the time of the attack, Sinn Fein MLA Gerry Kelly said. Superintendent Emma Bond said the bomb could have badly injured officers. “We consider ourselves extremely fortunate that we are not dealing with a much more serious incident and that all the officers were able to walk away from the situation unharmed,” she said. Loyalists held demonstrations across Belfast and other towns last night in protest at the Parades Commission’s decision to block Orangemen and bands from parading past Ardoyne shops on the evening of the Twelfth. Protests were held on Shankill Road in West Belfast, Sandy Row and Castlereagh Street in east Belfast as well as in Dondonald and Antrim.

With many thanks to : Claire Simpson and Connia Young, The Irish News.



It struck me as bands approached the Garden of Remembrance how reverently they stopped their music and removed their hats as a mark of respect. I wonder why they don’t do this when passing all places of worship – Tom Kelly.

This wasn’t the usual disaffected youth but men old enough to know better, attacking police lines with everything they could lay their hands on and cheering as officers went down injured – Allison Morris.


Third night of violence

‘It’s important that cool heads prevail – Peter Robinson.

A CAR was hijacked and set alight, roads blocked and a police officer was injured during a third night of loyalist violence. Loyalists threw petrol bombs and other missiles at police in the Woodvale area of North Belfast shortly before 11pm yesterday.

One officer was injured. Police fired two baton rounds. Earlier the disorder spread to Newtownabby, Co An trim, where a car was set alight, blocking the main O’Neill Road. Youths gathered near the road and began throwing stones and other missiles. There were unconfirmed reports of a second car being torched. Five men and boys, aged between 15 and 25, were arrested on suspicion of riotous behaviour. Large crowds blocked Albertbridge Road in east Belfast late on Sunday night, close to the interface with nationalist Short Strand where violence broke out on Friday and Saturday evenings. There were also reports that loyalists had blocked roads in Antrim, the Mount Vernon area of Newtownabbey and the Square in Ballyclare. Members of the Orange Order have ccontinued to take part in street protests in north Belfast despite the Grand Orange Lodge of Belfast having called a halt to all action following the weekend’s rioting. The order released a statement at 1am on Saturday after six hours of sustained violence in north and east Belfast, saying it was “suspending” all further action.”In support of the Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland appeal for calm, the Ligional lodges with the full support of the County Grand Orange Lodge in Belfast have decided to suspend their protest in relation to the determination for the Crumlin Road,” a spokesman said. About 50 people including members of the order wearing collarettes and holding banners aloft gathered at Twaddell Avenue on Sunday, ignoring the Grand Lodge’s call.


During the protest community representives were at the nationalist interface to prevent sectarian clashes. Police continued to maintain a large-scale security presence at Woodvale Road where loyalists have clashed with police for the past three nights. A small loyalist protest took place at 3pm on the Crumlin Road. Six people draped in the union flags stood in the middle of the road watched by police in Land Rovers parked nearby. No spokesman for the order was available for comment on Sunday. Sunday night’s violence and roadblocks came after First Minister Peter Robinson called for an end to rioting following the annual Twelfth demonstrations. He said protesters needed to follow the Orange Order’s call for the suspension of demonstrations over restrictions on a parade past the Ardoyne shops flashpoint in north Belfast. “It’s very important that cool heads prevail in these circumstances and I hope people will obey the announcement and statement by the Orange institution that people should desist from violence,” he said. “The only kind of protest that is ever justifiable is a lawful and peaceful protest.” Mr Robinson’s comments come after he Tweeted on the evening of the Twelfth claiming that nationalists from Short Strand had attacked an Orange Order parade on lower Newtownards Road.

With many thanks to : Claire Simpson and Allison Morris, The Irish News.


THE Combined Loyalist Military Command (CLMC) is expected to release a statement within days supporting protesting loyalists, as senior members of paramilitary groups were yesterday said to be ‘mobilising’ ahead of a planned day of action.


UVF members held a meeting at a Shankill Road bar yesterday to receive instructions ahead of plans for a standoff between Orange men and police in North Belfast. Members of the group were ordered not to consume alcohol and to be prepared for a lengthy standoff at police lines on the Woodvale Road in the upper Shankill area where officers will stop a north Belfast return march after the Parades Commission banned Orange men from passing Ardoyne. Members of the UVF and its political wing, the PUP, are to join protesters. The UDA-linked Ulster Political Research Group has also said it will support loyalist protesters across the north over the weekend. “This determination I is perverse decision born out of fear of a reaction from a republican element hell-bent on ensuring that no parades take place at all,” a spokesman said.

“We have been listening to the overwhelming anger that this determination has resulted in. “Be that as it may, we urge our community to showrestraint from any reaction that plays into the hands of those who are enjoying witnessing this cultural apartheid. “The media is waiting for any form of violence from the Protestant unionist loyalist community that could then be used to further reduce our cultural rights and legal entitlements. “Be assured that we will be assisting our colleagues during this difficult period and urging a calm approach to this outrageous decision and promoting a positive image of the Twelfth of July.” The CLMC, comprising senior members of the UVF, UDA and Red Hand Commando, was formed in early 1990s. The group announced the 1994 loyalist ceasefires and released a statement supporting the signing of the Good Friday Agreement. While the group has been rendered ddefunct in recent years, it has continued to meet occasionally on an unofficial basis.

With many thanks to : Allison Morris, The Irish News.


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Georgian Riot Police in Tbilisi during the 2007 Georgian demonstrations (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

‘Police were attacked by people holding swords and others threw heavy masonry, golf balls, bottles and fireworks at officers – PSNI spokesman.

SERIOUS violence broke out in north Belfast last night as soon as the Orange parade reached police lines in Woodvale. Around 1,000 loyalists joined the parade and instantly attacked police with everything they could get their hands on.


Garden fences and walls on Woodvale Road were ripped out and hurled at the lines of Land Rovers and riot police.bed. “nior officers had opted not to construct a temporary wall on the road. Almost as soon as the parade arrived the police line moved back towards the Ardoyne shops a couple of dozen yards, leaving some reporters stranded on the wrong side. So serious was the violence that four police officers were injured by 8pm. One officer who was hit by a brick appeared to have been knocked uunconscious. Almost as soon as the violence began, water cannon moved in and five minutes later police fired 20 plastic baton rounds. One drunk protester in his sixties removed his trousers and exposed himself in front of police lines. At 8.15pm DUP executive minister Nelson McCausland and north Belfast MP Nigel Dodds made their way to the front of the protest. Mr McCausland, carrying a baton round in his hand, remonstrated with a senior police officer, saying “it’s disgraceful”.

Theloyalists were protesting a decision by the Parades Commission which banned marchers from a 300-metre stretch of Crumlin Road past the Ardoyne shops. 970241_413953465387222_1114138084_nIt is understood that lodges from Portadown, where a parade down Garvaghy Road has been banned for 15 years, left by bus to join the Woodvale protest. Speaking to reporters at the scene, Mr Dodds said: “Clearly this is a very serious situation. We are working very hard to calm the situation down but plastic bullets have been fired. “I have been speaking to one lady who was clearly not a rioter. She has been struck on the chest and I have been speaking to a senior police officer about this situation. “We want to get this night over as peacefully as we can. People have been injured and things were tense, so we would appeal for people to remain calm and not get involved. “We are trying to defuse the situation as far as is possible.” By 9pm the crowd had dewindled to around 500 but while the intensity of the violence had declined, bricks, bottles and fireworks continued to be thrown at police. Mr Dodds and McCausland could be seen seeking to calm people down. At 9.30pm rioting restarted when 150 fresh protesters arrived and police warned members of the press that ball bearings were being fired. A PSNI spokesman said : “Police were attacked by people holding swords and others who threw heavy masonry, golf balls, bottles and fireworks at officers. “Four officers were taken to hospital. Three of them had been knocked unconscious. A fourth was treated for head and leg injuries. “Water cannon was used and 20 AEPs were fired. One man was arrested for disorderly behaviour and another man was arrested for provocative conduct.”

With many thanks to : Allison Morris, The Irish News.

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