Thursday, July 16, 2009

Orange Order have no place in a civilised society

Tír Chonaill éirígí spokesperson Micheál Cholm MacGiolla Easbuig has described the Orange Order as a bigoted sectarian organisation that has no place in a civilised society. He has also called on Sinn Féin and the SDLP to withdraw their support for the PSNI following their violent attacks on peaceful protestors as they forced an Orange Order march through Ardoyne in north Belfast.

He was speaking following marches by the Orange Order on Saturday in Ballintra and Rossnowlagh in Donegal and on Monday through Ardoyne in Belfast.

MacGiolla Easbuig said: “In recent times there has been a concerted effort by the political establishment and by sections of the media in this state to portray the Orange Order as a benevolent organisation. The reality is the complete opposite. The Order is a bigoted sectarian organisation that has no place in a civilised society.”

“That Donegal County Council were officially represented at an Orange Order pre-parade launch beggars belief. It is an insult to the many nationalist communities throughout the six counties who every summer have had to endure the triumphalism, bigotry and intimidation of the Orange Order as they, assisted by the PSNI, force unwanted sectarian parades through their areas. Their drunken, sectarian behaviour in the Ardoyne on Monday revealed once again the true nature of the Orange Order and what it represents.”

Commenting on the role of the PSNI in forcing Monday’s march throught the Ardoyne in Belfast, MacGiolla Easbuig said: “The actions of the PSNI in suppressing peaceful protests against the Orange parade and then unleashing a wave of violence against the Ardoyne community is outrageous and indefensible. Sinn Féin’s spurious accusation that éirígí were involved in orchestrating rioting in North Belfast was a deliberate lie to divert attention away from the firing of plastic bullets, batoning of innocent people and deployment of water cannons by their police force.”

“When the SDLP and Sinn Féin signed up to support the PSNI they claimed that it would become an accountable police force, would no longer engage in human rights abuses and would respect the rights of nationalists and republicans. These lies have now been exposed for all to see.”

He concluded: “I am now calling on the SDLP and Sinn Féin to withdraw their support for this discredited police force and to remove all their party members from the Policing Boards. It is long past time for them to stop providing political cover for those state gunmen who opened fire in Ardoyne on Monday to suppress peaceful protests by the local community.”

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