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Riot clad  PSNI trying to force an Orange March through Dunloy in breach of Parades Commission decision

12 July, 2005

A tense situation is developing in the nationalist village of Dunloy in County Antrim this morning. Riot-clad PSNI personnel are attempting to force an Orange march through part of the village, contrary to a determination issued by the Parades Commission.

Sinn Féin's North Antrim representative, Philip McGuigan MLA, who is present at the scene, said, "The people of Dunloy were preparared to accept and abide by the Parades Commission determination which permitted the Orange Order to march on a stretch of roadway adjacent to the Orange Hall. However, this morning, dozens of riot-clad PSNI officers attempted to collude with
the Orange Order in breaching that legal determination, by trying to force the parade along a route which the Commission had barred them from marching.

"We now have a stand-off situation in the village. Many residents are outraged and angry had what has happened this morning. The Orange Order, led by the DUP's David Tweed, are threatening to blackade the village. The PSNI are refusing to make the marchers disperse, and a very tense and volatile situation is developing here."ENDS

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