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Public meeting to be held in Rasharkin concerning loyalist parade

2 September, 2010


A public meeting is to be held by residents in Rasharkin tomorrow (Thursday) night to discuss a loyalist band parade that was put through the village at 12 o’clock at night two weeks ago. Both the PSNI and the Parades Commission have been invited to speak at the meeting. North Antrim Sinn Féin MLA Daithí McKay, who lives in the village, says that residents want guarantees that thousands of loyalists will not be allowed to descend on the village and threaten public disorder again, that parades are not allowed to take place which are at an unreasonable time and which are overtly sectarian in nature.

Mr McKay said

“After the recent Ballymaconnolly parade in Rasharkin many local residents have been critical of the way the parade was handled by the Parades Commission and the PSNI and the decisions that each group made.

“Both the Parades Commission and the PSNI have been invited to participate in the public meeting taking place in Rasharkin and residents will have a series of questions to put to them regarding the decisions that both organisations took in regard to the Ballymaconnolly parade. It is important that public organisations like these are held to account by the community which they serve and they will each be given an opportunity to explain the rationale behind their decisions and actions in regard to this parade.

“The sectarian intimidation, criminal damage and general disorder that this parade brings to the village must not be allowed to take place again and it is up to groups such as these to ensure that the rights of residents living here are upheld.” ENDS

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