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Monday 1 September 2014

Ardoyne: Orange Order again denied parade past contentious Belfast flashpoint

Decision had been expected not to allow marchers past Ardoyne shops

Orangemen during a stand-off with police on Woodvale Road, Belfast, close to the Ardoyne, after their protest march was re-routed by the Parades Commission. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday July 20, 2013. See PA story ULSTER Parades. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire
Orangemen during a stand-off with police on Woodvale Road, Belfast, close to the Ardoyne, after their protest march was re-routed by the Parades Commission
20/7/2013 PACEMAKER PRESS INTL. Thousands of Orange men and loyalists protest on the Woodvale road this afternoon, scene of serious disturbances for the last week or so after Orange men were denied walking past the nationalist Ardoyne shops area of north Belfast on the 12th of July. Picture Charles McQuillan/Pacemaker.
20/7/2013 PACEMAKER PRESS INTL. Thousands of Orange men and loyalists protest on the Woodvale road this afternoon, scene of serious disturbances for the last week or so after Orange men were denied walking past the nationalist Ardoyne shops area of north Belfast on the 12th of July. Picture Charles McQuillan/Pacemaker.
Press Eye - Belfast -  Saturday 20th July 2013 

PUP's Billy Hitchinson pictured at Ardoyne in Belfast afternoon attempt to parade up to the police lines.

In an unexpected move earlier this week, Orangemen made a new application to the Parades Commission adjudication body to march the disputed Crumlin Road section of the route today. That bid was again rejected by the commission - a move that is likely to prompt another stand-off between police and protesters at the same community interface area later.

The Order said it applied for Saturday's event to complete a return parade they were banned from making on the Twelfth of July.

Order members have continued to hold protests in the area throughout the week.

Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Saturday 20th July 2013 PUP's Billy Hitchinson pictured at Ardoyne in Belfast afternoon attempt to parade up to the police lines. In an unexpected move earlier this week, Orangemen made a new application to the Parades Commission adjudication body to march the disputed Crumlin Road section of the route today. That bid was again rejected by the commission - a move that is likely to prompt another stand-off between police and protesters at the same community interface area later. The Order said it applied for Saturday's event to complete a return parade they were banned from making on the Twelfth of July. Order members have continued to hold protests in the area throughout the week. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

The Orange Order has once again been denied permission to parade past a contentious flashpoint in north Belfast.

The Order had lodged applications for the parades over the next three consecutive weekends, including the contentious route along Crumlin Road past Ardoyne.

But the Parades Commission has once again denied marchers to pass by the predominantly nationalist area this Saturday or the following.

Tuesday's expected decision by the commission follows the blocking of two parades along the route.

The first - during the Twelfth - led to five nights of violent rioting in north and east Belfast, followed the decision to prevent the lodges walking along a stretch of the Crumlin Road.

The violence left more than 70 officers injured and cost tax payers millions.

Following the violence a subsequent protest parade last Saturday was also denied access along the contentious route.

Amidst a massive PSNI security operation at the weekend, the County Grand Orange Lodge of Belfast had handed leaflets to supporters warning trouble-makers to stay away.

This week Belfast county grand chaplain Rev Mervyn Gibson told the Belfast Telegraph there was no reason why the situation should become a long-running dispute, similar to that at Drumcree.

He said he believed that "nobody wants the long haul".

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