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Parades Commission stand by decision to allow UVF/UDA participation in Rasharkin parade

19 August, 2009

North Antrim Sinn Féin MLA Daithí McKay has said that people in Rasharkin cannot understand why the Parade Commission has turned down the opportunity to review their decision to allow 41 loyalist bands to march through the village on Friday night.

Mr McKay said:

“The Parades Commission heard the concerns voiced by residents in Rasharkin at a public meeting last week about the intimidation, loyalist paramilitary displays and fear of violence that this parade would visit upon the community.

“It’s obvious that the Commission believes that the right of loyalists to march and intimidate the people of this village outweighs the right of Catholics in Rasharkin to live free from sectarian harassment.

“Those who made this decision should hang their head in shame. A small village like Rasharkin cannot accommodate 41 loyalist bands and it doesn’t take a genius to see that. It is irresponsible and dangerous to let hundreds of loyalists loose in a mainly nationalist village like this.” ENDS

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