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Kelly - Parades Commission Decision On Ardoyne Wrong

6 July, 2006

Commenting after the Parades Commission determined that the Orange Order should parade through three nationalist areas in North Belfast twice on the Twelfth, Sinn Féin Assembly member for the area Gerry Kelly said:

"The effect of this Parades Commission determination is to force an anti-Catholic parade through three Catholic areas twice on July 12th, once in the morning and again in the evening.

"In the past this operation has resulted in the nationalist community being hemmed into their own homes, a fact acknowledged today in the Police Ombudsman report into the 2004 parade. The Ombudsman report also highlighted the fact that the PSNI on the ground capitulated to the threat of loyalist violence to force a unionist paramilitary mob through the nationalist areas along with the Orange Order.

"There is no logic behind an organisation wishing to march through areas where the community who live there do not welcome them. That is the bottom line. Nationalists in North Belfast will be disappointed at this determination by the Parades Commission. It is the wrong decision and many will feel that it has come about as a direct result of the threat of unionist paramilitary violence." ENDS

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