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Councillor William Walker's comments a disgrace - Hazzard

14 August, 2012

Sinn Féin MLA Chris Hazzard has branded DUP Councillor William Walker’s comment over the attack on a bar in Killyleagh by Unionist supporters of the Apprentice Boys a disgrace.

Mr Hazzard said,

“Councillor William Walker needs to explain why Nationalists should remain hemmed in their local pub or home while Apprentice Boys and their supporters pass by.

“His comments that people in the bar should have remained inthe bar while Unionists were returning from an Apprentice Boys parade are a disgrace coming from a public representative.

“We are constantly told by the Apprentice Boys that their parade is a historical one free from sectarianism and that loads of nationalists come out to watch and enjoy the parade.

“Not only is this contrary to the experience of nationalist residents in small towns and villages across the North where feeder parades take place but also a contradiction from what Councillor Walker is saying –Nationalists need to stay away out of sight.

“I can tell Councillor Walker that the days of ‘Croppies lying down’ are over and gone for good and that Nationalists have a right to go about their normal life without fear of intimidation.

“This was an unprovoked attack on a bar simply because of the religion of the owner and Councillor Walker needs to explain how he can condone this sectarian attack.”

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