Parade organisers have questions to answer – Kelly
Sinn Féin MLA Gerry Kelly has said that the organisers of a parade held in North Belfast today, which breached a determination made by the Parades Commission, had questions to answer.
Gerry Kelly said:
“I’m disappointed the organisers of a parade in North Belfast breached a determination by the Parades Commission and that the parade was followed by violence in the Oldpark area.
“We saw once again that there are the consequences when people bring crowds out on to the streets.
“I’m relieved that the violence today did not escalate into a more serious disturbance.
“Sinn Féin has been consistent in our demands that police enforce determinations by the Parades Commission on an almost nightly basis in the greater Ardoyne area.
“The organisers of today’s parade have questions to answer about why they originally applied for a parade at 12.30. The Parades Commission agreed this and then the organisers decided to change the time to 2.30pm.
“Clearly if this parade had gone ahead at the time applied for in the first place it would have passed through as filed for.”