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Rasharkin Parade Supporters attack Catholic homes and assault resident

22 August, 2009


North Antrim Sinn Féin MLA Daithí McKay has condemned the behaviour of loyalists at the Ballymaconnolly parade in Rasharkin. Catholic houses were attacked by parade supporters and one Catholic man was assaulted.

Mr McKay said:

“Before the parade we warned police that supporters of the parade should not be allowed near Rhencullen Park or Churchfields after residents there were threatened by loyalists last year.

“Unfortunately the police did not hold supporters back and as a direct result a young man was assaulted toward the end of the procession last night. Police also failed to stop loyalists damaging Catholic houses in Churchfields were they even knocked the bricks off the garden walls.

“Such intimidation and violence was bound to happen given the Parades Commission decision and this could have been avoided if the police had followed our advice and kept loyalists out of this area.

“What we saw here last night was a large-scale attempt to intimidate Catholics in this village and the Parades Commission decision to accommodate this was disgusting.” ENDS

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