British army homecoming parade in Belfast is not needed - Cllr Maskey
Sinn Féin Belfast City Councillor Conor Maskey has expressed his concerns with regards to the planned British army homecoming parade in the Kings Hall.
Speaking today Cllr Maskey said:
“Only weeks before the election campaign the DUP in an attempt to draw in votes cynically proposed a British army homecoming parade for Belfast city centre.This was roundly rejected, even by the British MOD, and Sinn Féin were very clear that the Council should not divert any resources towards facilitating this.
“The British army are engaged in illegal wars in Afganistan and Iraq, and beyond this the hurt they have caused in Ireland is well documented. There are many victims of the British army, UDR and RIR, victims of collusion, intimidation, shoot to kill, torture and state murder.
“We now have a situation that there will be a homecoming parade at the Kings Hall. We are concerned given that the last British army march in Belfast witnessed the UDA and UVF mobilising and supporters of the march attacking peaceful protestors with bricks, bottles, bolts and fireworks.Is this now to be visited upon a mixed area of Balmoral?
“Lets be clear, Belfast does not need this event, the division that it will cause nor the cost to host the event foisted upon it.”