Thousands of people have taken part in a parade in Larne to commemorate the Ulster Volunteer Force gun-running 100 years ago.
What were/are they Loyal to?
Certainly not Westminster Parliament, the UK or the Empire, never the rights of the individual
Ulster will fight and Ulster will be right – how is that anything but incitement to rebellion?
In April 1914, with Europe on the brink of WWI, Loyalists consort with Germany
12 – 14,000 loyalists imported guns and ammunition from Hamburg, Germany in preparation to resist Home Rule for Ireland by force. Thousands of German and Austrian rifles and millions of rounds of ammunition were unloaded at the ports of Larne, Donaghadee and Bangor.
The smuggled arms were intended to be used against the British government and Irish nationalists.
One of the centenary parade’s organisers, Billy Adamson:
“Rightly or wrongly, what we think about the politics of it, it shaped the province’s future.It marked an event in Northern Ireland’s history and it has been significant down through the years”.
“The loyalist population have certainly been keen to remember their history and to commemorate it in this fashion.“
Keen to remember they started 100 years of conflict, trouble and strife?
Keen to commemorate rebelling against the decisions of Westminster Parliament – which they say they say they are loyal to?
Happy to have “shaped the province’s future” into a travesty of democracy, unequalled anywhere else in the UK?
“Jemma Mc Grath, 24 was shot by the UVF” said Chief Constable Matt Baggott
And in May last year a UVF mob launched a blood-spattered attack on two Protestant sisters and a Catholic friend because the girl was a ‘wee fenian’.
Was it ever any different?
The burning of Bombay street was simply an anti-Irish pogrom, where the loyal citizens went on a murderous vandalistic rampage against the Irish people.