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Anger at reversal of Parades Commission decision

30 July, 2004

Sinn Féin Mid Ulster MLA, Gereldine Dougan has expressed anger at the decision of the Parades Commission's to overturn its' determination on a Loyalist Band parade in Maghera. Ms Dougan said:

"This is a disgraceful decision. In recent days and weeks Loyalist paramilitaries have been actively targeting nationalists in the town. The decision to reverse the ban on this Loyalist Band parade coming through mainly nationalist areas in Maghera is wrong. There will be the perception that the Parades Commission has caved into to threats of Loyalist violence.

"This flawed u-turn will cause major disruption to the town and result in nationalists being hemmed into their own homes by the PSNI to facilitate this coat trailing exercise.

"It will heighten tensions at a time when nationalists are already angry about the way that the Parades Commission caved in to threats of Loyalist violence on the Springfield Road and how the PSNI overturned a Parades Commission determination to facilitate loyalists in Ardoyne and Lurgan." ENDS

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