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Orange Order cultural mask slips again

12 April, 2010 - by Alex Maskey

Sinn Féin Assembly member Alex Maskey today described the intervention by the Orange Order into the election campaign in South Belfast, as’ the latest example of the cultural mask slipping’.

Mr Maskey said:

“For some years the Orange Order have sought to claim that they are little more than a cultural organisation who offer no threat to anyone. The reality for those nationalist communities through which the Orange Order seeks to march is of course very different.

“Over the weekend in Sandy Row Orange Hall the cultural masked slipped again. Hot on the heels of their alliance with the British far right in protesting against the papal visit to Britain the Orange Order in a very public fashion have sought to intervene in the Westminster election. The weekend statement seeking a unionist unity candidate in South Belfast is not the work of a cultural body. It is the work of a political organisation with an anti-Catholic ethos at its core.

“It also raises the issue of what involvement the Orange Order had in the grubby little sectarian carve up agreed in Fermanagh and South Tyrone last week and what involvement the unity candidate has with these anti-Catholic organisations.” ENDS

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