Kelly calls on Orange Order to show leadership
Commenting on the Orange Orders plans to stage protests over the coming days, Sinn Féin MLA Gerry Kelly said:
“While I respect everyone’s right to protest, I would urge the leadership of the Orange Order to carefully reflect upon the decisions they make in the coming hours and days. All of us have a responsibility to ensure a peaceful summer. The sort of language used today by the Orange Order in my opinion serves only to heighten tensions in an already tense situation.
“There is an opportunity for the Orange Order to step forward and make a decisive contribution to the Peace Process. They can by their actions decide whether the Twelfth will be remembered for the Orangefest type event they claim to want or by protests and tensions on the streets. I would argue that the vast majority of people would want them to choose the former.
“Even at this late hour I would call on the Orange Order should show leadership and pull back from increasing tensions in Belfast. The 12th should be celebrated in ways, which are not threatening or triumphalist to their nationalist neighbours.”