8/09/2005

Good call

I would like to congratulate all in Ballymena for a peaceful resolution to the parade there tonight.
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Loyalists played Lambeg drums for several minutes in a symbolic protest at the march which commemorates the introduction of internment in 1971.

There was a stand off with police in riot gear before protesters dispersed peacefully

As I have said before on this blog Parading in Ireland is a difficult subject with two opposing sets of rights, neither of which supersedes the other.

I just hope in the future that whether it is Republicans or the Orange institutions that they engage in dialogue with the local residents so that disputes that have become the norm in the North of Ireland are a thing of the past.

This calls for courage on all sides, I hope they have it!

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