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Ní Chuilín calls for tolerance and respect

30 August, 2014 - by Carál Ní Chuilín

Sinn Féin MLA Carál Ní Chuilín said this morning's Black Perceptory march in Belfast city centre breached Parades Commission determinations.

Speaking after a feeder parade on Donegal Street, the North Belfast MLA said; 

"This Black Perceptory feeder parade breached a number of Parades Commission determinations.

"Bands once again played the sectarian 'Famine Song' while approaching St Patrick's Church. This type of behaviour is not helpful and must be condemned.  

"Marchers and bands need to show respect while passing all places of worship. 

"The PSNI and Parades Commission are aware of these breaches and I would call on them to take action to ensure there is no repeat of this morning's scenes when the parade makes its return journey this evening. 

"No music should be played on the return parade and there should only be a single drumbeat.

"Tolerance and respect is the way forward in dealing with this and all parades and the organisers need to demonstrate this and engage with local resident to ensure a resolution to this issue.

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