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British allow unionists to defy Parades Commission determination

12 July, 2004

Commenting after the PSNI forced both the Orange Order and its followers past Ardoyne shops this evening in breach of the Parades Commission determination, Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams said:

"The PSNI tonight forced both the Orange Order and hundreds of supporters past Ardoyne shops in direct defiance of the Parades Commission determination.

"The British Secretary of State Paul Murphy allowed a deal to be done which was in direct breach of the original determination. I had earlier in the day warned Mr Murphy of the potential consequences of going down this road and I have tonight again spoken to Mr Murphy and left him in no doubt about what we think of his actions.

"I would like to praise the discipline shown by republicans throughout North Belfast and Ardoyne in particular this evening in the face of very serious provocation from the Orange Order, unionist paramilitaries, the PSNI and British Army."ENDS

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