Anti-Catholic Bigotry in Northern Ireland
is general, deep-seated, implacable, with elements of greed, malevolence, desire for dominance, dark suspicion and apprehension. It exhibits sustained savagery when roused by a political irritant, such as a Republican/Nationalist parade
Total Parades By Type in Northern Ireland
The number (2,493) of parades organised by the Protestant Loyal Orders and broad Unionist tradition represents 60% of the overall total.
The previous year’s figure (2,629) accounted for 66% of the overall total.
The number (158) of parades organised by Nationalist groups increased from the previous year (123)
but remains very low at 4% of the overall total
point out that a number of loyal order parades have been allowed to pass through Castlederg, including an Apprentice Boys march
which is due to take place the day before the Republican event.
Traders have appealed for no trouble at tonight’s parade by up to 5,000 republicans
and an estimated 950 or so loyalist counter-demonstrators including the Orange Order and other groups.
Loyalist protest websites were buzzing with requests for large numbers to turn out and “oppose the republicans”.One page boasted that as many 8,000 could converge on Belfast.
As expected Loyalist protesters attacked the police with bricks and bottles as they waited for the republican parade to arrive. They blocked Royal Avenue to prevent the Republican parade getting through.
A number of parked vehicles were also set on fire in the North Street area.The parade was unable to pass down Royal Avenue as intended. After a significant delay, it did finally proceed along the outskirts of the city centre and onward to west Belfast. However, trouble continued in its wake with disturbances in areas around North Street and Royal Avenue in Belfast city centre.
Loyalists claimed it was “victory over terrorism” as Republicans were not allowed to march down Royal Avenue.
Loyalists have also pitched tents and brought in a caravan onto waste ground at Twaddell Avenue as the Orange Order vows to carry on its protest against the Parades Commission.