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Orange Order threaten violence again

9 July, 2004


Commenting on a threatening statement issued this morning by the Orange Order in Belfast, North Belfast Sinn Féin councillor Eoin O'Broin has said 'that he fears that the Order is putting in place a plan in conjunction with unionist paramilitaries to try and force the Parades Commissions hand'.

Cllr. O'Broin said:

"This mornings statement from the Orange Order is clearly threatening and comes in the wake of UDA organised blockades of Ligonel over the past two nights. I do fear that the Order is putting in place a plan in conjunction with unionist paramilitaries to try and force the Parades Commissions hand.

"The recent Parades Commission decision to buckle under threats from the Orange Order, unionist death squads and unionist politicians and force an unwanted parade along the Springfield Road has obviously given succour to those within the Order who believe that they can use the threat of violence to ensure the passage of parades through nationalist communities.

"The decision to block roads in Belfast on Monday harks back to the days of Drumcree when Orange Order inspired violence was unleashed year on year across the six counties and of course was directly responsible for the murder of the Quinn children in Ballymoney.

"The Orange Order in Belfast are clearly intent on heightening tensions at a time when many other groups are working tirelessly within interface communities in this city in order to secure a peaceful summer. This decision seeks to undermine much of that good work.

"It would suit the Orange Order better if instead of seeking to blockade nationalist communities in Belfast they began the process of entering into meaningful and constructive dialogue with them." ENDS

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