Slamming the upcoming twelfth parades, Saoradh’s Newry representative Stephen Murney said “As Covid restrictions ease and people get back to a sense of normality, sectarian bigots are straight out of the traps to don bowler hats and sashes, the regalia of hate.
“Local residents from various parts of Newry have contacted our office recently with genuine concerns as to the number of sectarian parades due to be held next week.
“A total of sixteen parades are due to take place from 10th – 13th July in the Newry area with thousands of bigots and dozens of hate bands being bussed in. These include outward routes and return legs which actually turn one parade into two separate marches taking place at different times.”
Murney continued “It must be made clear that the areas in which the majority of these parades will take place are not even considered to be remotely Unionist/Loyalist areas. They are in fact mixed areas and in some cases are considered to be predominantly nationalist.
“Most ordinary people are looking forward to getting back to the simple things in life. Yet the first thing on the minds of these bigots is to shut down large sections of Newry with sectarian hate parades.
” This will result in large parts of Newry being shut down and as always will cause serious traffic disruption and inconvenience for local residents leading to an increase in community tensions. As soon as one virus eases another returns.”
Murney added “Long suffering local businesses who have already lost enough trade in recent times will be seriously effected by these sectarian displays, while local residents will be either too intimidated or unable to leave their homes due to the ring of steel that will be put in place by the British Crown Forces to facilitate these marches.
“As a party, Saoradh are vehemently opposed to all forms of sectarian bigotry and believe it has no place in society.
” It should be rejected and opposed by all right minded people.”