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DUP clearly involved in organising loyalist onslaught on Catholic homes

10 August, 2005

North Antrim Sinn Féin MLA, Philip McGuigan, has said that the DUP has serious questions to answer about the loyalist protest toward Fisherwick estate in Ballymena last night.

Mr McGuigan said:

“Last night after loyalists marched over the Ballymena footbridge from Ballykeel toward Fisherwick with UDA flags, lambeg drums and tricolours to burn in front of the PSNI, DUP MLA Mervyn Storey addressed the crowd. I was not surprised when I saw coverage of him on BBC this morning thanking the loyalist crowd for coming to the bottom of Fisherwick.

“This raises serious questions about the role the DUP played in this proposed loyalist onslaught on Catholic homes. By thanking them he has made known that his party had some part to play in the organising of this onslaught. Indeed as members of the UDA and UVF, some who had come from Banbridge, Maghera and Belfast, marched toward the nationalist estate, local DUP Councillors were seen standing aside with their hands in their pockets.

“This approach is totally reflective of the DUP’s attitude toward attacks on Catholics in the North Antrim area in recent weeks. They are quite willing to stand back and let loyalist paramilitaries do whatever they want, and then provide a minimal token condemnation of their activities before justifying it by saying that it’s in reaction to something that nationalists have done. It stinks to the high heavens and shows that the DUP are flirting and working with the loyalist paramilitaries now more than ever.” ENDS

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