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Adams Meets Parades Commission over flawed Springfield determination

20 June, 2006

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams MP today led a party delegation including West Belfast Councillor Tom Hartley and senior Assembly member Alex Maskey to meet with the Parades Commission after their decision yesterday to force two Orange Parades onto the Springfield Road this Saturday.

Speaking after the meeting Mr Adams said:

"Last year we witnessed widespread violence and intimidation across Belfast and elsewhere as a result of this parade. This violence was widely blamed on the Orange Order and the loyalist paramilitaries.

"Yesterday the Parades Commission capitulated to this violence and the threat of further violence and they rewarded the Orange Order and the loyalist paramilitaries who orchestrated last September‚s mayhem on the streets.

"This determination has the effect of forcing two parades onto the Springfield Road into two adjoining nationalist areas. They have compounded the problem. Rather than seeking to promote an accommodation through dialogue the Parades Commission has instead promoted the idea of a parade through the threat of further loyalist violence. This is entirely the wrong approach.

"Sinn Féin have asked the Parades Commission to review what we believe is a deeply flawed determination." ENDS

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