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ISN SECURITY WATCH (14/09/05) – At a press conference earlier on Wednesday, the Protestant Orange Order refuted claims by the head of Northern Ireland’s police that it was to blame for a weekend of rioting in Belfast and elsewhere.
This statement came hours after the announcement by Northern Ireland Secretary of State Peter Hain that the Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF) ceasefire was no longer recognized.
While there is no link between the Orange Order and the UVF, members of both organizations were involved in three days of violence in Belfast and other towns in Northern Ireland from Saturday to Tuesday.
Rioting broke out on Saturday after the local authorities rerouted an Orange Order parade away from a Catholic nationalist area of west Belfast. The order to reroute was given by the Parades Commission, and enforced by police and soldiers.
Hugh Orde, Chief Constable of the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI), placed direct blame for the violence on the Orange Order, an exclusively Protestant organization.
While the Orange Order’s grand master on Wednesday condemned the violence, he also described the police response as “aggressive and violent”. Speaking to ISN Security Watch, David McNarry, an Orange Order member and an Ulster Unionist Party (UUP) representative in Northern Ireland’s devolved legislative assembly (MLA), focused on the issues that have compounded “the fears and frustrations of the unionist people”.