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Orange Order needs to explain sectarian band behaviour and assault – Conor Maskey

13 July, 2012

North Belfast Sinn Féin Councillor Conor Maskey said the Orange Order needs to explain the sectarian actions of a band taking part it its main parade in Belfast yesterday.

The local councillor was speaking after an observer was attacked while filming a loyalist band being deliberately sectarian and provocative outside the St Patrick’s Catholic Church in Donegall Street. Conor was in the area at the time and witnessed part of it.

Conor Maskey said:
“The Orange Order needs to explain to the St Patrick’s congregation why a loyalist band taking part in their parade played sectarian tunes and behaved provocatively outside St Patrick’s Church yesterday.

“The person filming was then attacked by a member of the band. The Orange Order is an organisation that excludes Catholics so it is little wonder that this incident happened.

“Unionist politicians Nigel Dodds and Nelson McCausland were in close proximity at the time yet did nothing to intervene. It is time for the Orange Order to show leadership, step into the 21st century and got rid of the organisation’s anti-catholic sectarian ethos.

“Until that happens, then clearly this bigoted side of the organisation will continue to manifest itself in incidents like yesterday.”

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