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Orange Order and Unionist must accept responsibility for violence

14 September, 2005

Sinn Féin General Secretary Mitchel McLaughlin has said that the Orange Order and Unionist need to accept responsibility for loyalist violence.

Mr McLaughlin said:

"The Orange Order and Unionist must accept responsibility for the widespread and orchestrated Loyalist violence of recent days.

"In addition to the violence we have all witnessed on our television screens there were also attacks on across the north on nationalist homes and property. The ambivalence, hypocrisy and double standards that unionists and Orange leaders have shown over recent days is astounding.

"The attempt of unionists and the Orange Order to try and blame everyone but themselves is infantile. It is time for its political leaders to grow up. The first step is to take responsibility for their actions. It is time to engage, to show positive leadership.

"The Good Friday Agreement puts a clear responsibility on the governments to protect the right of people to live free from the fear of sectarian attack and intimidation. They have failed to uphold these rights." ENDS

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