Springfield Determination - Immoral and Unacceptable
West Belfast Sinn Féín Councillor Tom Hartley has branded the decision of the Parades Commission to reward last summers orgy of unionist violence in Belfast with a parade along the Springfield Road as "immoral and unacceptable".
Cllr. Hartley said:
"Last summer the people of Belfast were subjected to days of unionist violence much of it orchestrated by the UVF and UDA. The excuse given by the unionist political establishment for this violence was that for the first time the rights of the nationalist population on the Springfield Road were recognised.
"It will not be lost on the wider nationalist community the fact that in the first test for the new Parades Commission, which of course includes Orange Order members and sympathisers, they have decided to directly reward last years violence and intimidation with a parade along the Springfield Road. There can be no other explanation for this decision.
"Sinn Féin will continue to support the residents of the Springfield Road in the course of the coming days and we will be meeting with the community to discuss their next move as we try and move forward in the face of this immoral and unacceptable determination." ENDS