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Parades Commission decision must not be overturned by the PSNI

12 July, 2004

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams MP has voiced his deep concern at reports that the PSNI are to overturn restrictions, placed by the Parades Commission, on an Orange Order march going through Ardoyne today. Mr. Adams said "There is no legitimate reason for the Orange Order to march through Ardoyne but the worst case scenario is for the PSNI to capitulate to unionist threats and overturn this decision.

Mr. Adams said:

"The decision of the Parades Commission to force this parade through nationalist North Belfast on two occasions today is the wrong decision but the situation will be made much worse if the PSNI overturns restrictions which have been placed on the parade and allows Orange Order supporters to coat trail through this nationalist community this evening.

"There is huge anger that already this morning the Orange Order were allowed to ignore the restrictions placed on them by the Parades Commission. This follows a week of threats and intimidation, the unionist blockade of Ligoniel and last week's capitulation by the Parades Commission to similar threats over the Springfield Road parade.

"Sinn Féin along with many other groups have been working tirelessly over recent months to ensure that this summer remains peaceful and we will continue with that work. But other people have a role to play. Sinn Féin has been in touch with the British and Irish governments to demand that they uphold the decision of the Parades Commission and ensure that the people of Ardoyne, Mountainview and the Dales are treated with respect." ENDS

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