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Thursday 25 December 2014

Ardoyne: This is just the start, marchers told as weekly rallies planned

Ardoyne demonstration passes off peacefully, but huge weekly rallies are now planned for coming months

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.
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.
Pacemaker press 20/7/13 A protest has been held after a contentious Orange Order parade was stopped by police in north Belfast. Three Orange order lodges had applied to march past the Ardoyne shops on the Crumlin Road but the Parades' Commission ruled against the move. Today's parade stopped on the Woodvale Road, at Woodvale Parade. The lodges were accompanied by a large crowd of supporters. picture Mark marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 20/7/13 Mervyn Gibson attends a protest that has been held after a contentious Orange Order parade was stopped by police in north Belfast. Three Orange order lodges had applied to march past the Ardoyne shops on the Crumlin Road but the Parades' Commission ruled against the move. Today's parade stopped on the Woodvale Road, at Woodvale Parade. The lodges were accompanied by a large crowd of supporters. picture Mark marlow/pacemaker press
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.
Pacemaker press 20/7/13 A protest has been held after a contentious Orange Order parade was stopped by police in north Belfast. Three Orange order lodges had applied to march past the Ardoyne shops on the Crumlin Road but the Parades' Commission ruled against the move. Today's parade stopped on the Woodvale Road, at Woodvale Parade. The lodges were accompanied by a large crowd of supporters. picture Mark marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 20/7/13 Billy Hutchinson speaks to the media during a protest that had been held after a contentious Orange Order parade was stopped by police in north Belfast. Three Orange order lodges had applied to march past the Ardoyne shops on the Crumlin Road but the Parades' Commission ruled against the move. Today's parade stopped on the Woodvale Road, at Woodvale Parade. The lodges were accompanied by a large crowd of supporters. picture Mark marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 20/7/13 A protest has been held after a contentious Orange Order parade was stopped by police in north Belfast. Three Orange order lodges had applied to march past the Ardoyne shops on the Crumlin Road but the Parades' Commission ruled against the move. Today's parade stopped on the Woodvale Road, at Woodvale Parade. The lodges were accompanied by a large crowd of supporters. picture Mark marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 20/7/13 A protest has been held after a contentious Orange Order parade was stopped by police in north Belfast. Three Orange order lodges had applied to march past the Ardoyne shops on the Crumlin Road but the Parades' Commission ruled against the move. Today's parade stopped on the Woodvale Road, at Woodvale Parade. The lodges were accompanied by a large crowd of supporters. picture Mark marlow/pacemaker press
Press Eye - Belfast - Saturday 20th July 2013 Orange supporters pictured on the Woodvale Road 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 Orange supporters pictured on the Woodvale Road 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 Orange supporters pictured on the Woodvale Road 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 Protestors 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 Orange supporters pictured on the Woodvale Road 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 Orange supporters pictured on the Woodvale Road 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 Orange Marshalls pictured on the Woodvale Road 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 Protestors 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 Orange Marshalls pictured on the Woodvale Road 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 Orange protestors and marshalls pictured on the Woodvale Road 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 Orange protestors and marshalls pictured on the Woodvale Road 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 Protestors 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 Protestors 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 Protestors 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 Orange supporters pictured at the Twadell Avenue interface 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 Orange supporters pictured at the Twadell Avenue interface 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 Orange supporters pictured at the Twadell Avenue interface 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 Orange supporters pictured at the Twadell Avenue interface 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 Orange supporters pictured at the Twadell Avenue interface 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.
Sunday Life News Nelson McCausland with the Orange Order hold a protest on the Woodvale Road North Belfast a week on from the 12th of July. Ligoniel Orange Lodge was refused by the parades commission their return parade from the 12th of July demonstratiuons in Belfast City Centre. Picture Colm O'Reilly 20-07-2013 Sunday Life
Sunday Life News Ken Wilkinson talks with marshals as the Orange Order hold a protest on the Woodvale Road North Belfast a week on from the 12th of July. Ligoniel Orange Lodge was refused by the parades commission their return parade from the 12th of July demonstratiuons in Belfast City Centre. Picture Colm O'Reilly 20-07-2013 Sunday Life
Sunday Life News Michael Cosby from the Pride Of Ardoyne makes a speech as Orange Order hold a protest on the Woodvale Road North Belfast a week on from the 12th of July. Ligoniel Orange Lodge was refused by the parades commission their return parade from the 12th of July demonstratiuons in Belfast City Centre. Picture Colm O'Reilly 20-07-2013 Sunday Life
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.
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 Protestors 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 Protestors 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 Orange Marshalls pictured on the Woodvale Road 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.

ORANGE Order members and their supporters have dramatically vowed to flood the streets of Belfast week after week until the Parades Commission is scrapped.

Thousands of angry loyalists marched to police lines on the Woodvale Road in the north of the city on Saturday to protest at the decision to ban three Ligoniel lodges from walking past the Ardoyne shop fronts.

And supporters have warned that they will call thousands more out on to the streets in the coming weeks.

Five nights of violent rioting in north and east Belfast followed a decision to prevent the lodges walking along a stretch of the Crumlin Road that has left more than 70 officers injured and cost tax payers millions.

Following that decision the Orange Order proposed a new march yesterday along the same route — a request which was again denied and which saw bandsmen and supporters blocked by a line of Land Rovers and riot police from getting to Ardoyne.

On Saturday, amidst a massive PSNI security operation, the County Grand Orange Lodge of Belfast handed leaflets to supporters warning trouble-makers to stay away.

The leaflet said the march was organised to show “we have not and will not go away” and that their campaign would continue over the coming months.

Addressing the crowd to cheers and shouts of “No Surrender”, Michael Cosby from the Pride of Ardoyne flute band said: “No matter the provocation, violence is not the answer.

“Through violence we play into the hands of republicans.

“This is only the beginning — we will continue. Last week was only the start. I live in Ardoyne and I want to get home — you want us to get home.

“We want to fill this place with thousands of people and as for our unionist politicians — our aim is to get the Parades Commission gone, and we can do it with the support of the people.”

North Belfast MLA Nelson McCausland called the Parades Commission “shameful” and said: “I’ve been here throughout the week supporting the protests because the right of the Orange brethren and bands to get back up to Ballysillan is a fundamental human right.

“The decision by the Parades Commission is absolutely mad. They are shameful, it is an institution that needs to go.”

He said people had travelled from Carrickefergus and Mid-Ulster to support yesterday’s protest in Belfast and said further protests would continue “until they succeed”.

Orange Order grand chaplain Mervyn Gibson added: “People are determined.”

He said that violence was “no good”, but admitted the order is considering holding weekly protests in north Belfast.

“We will just see what the brethren decide and the residents, and the bands,” he said.

PUP leader Billy Hutchinson also backed calls to scrap the Parades Commission. “In my opinion the Parades Commission is totally biased against the Orange Order — they need to be done away with,” he said.

“We are going to be here until this is finished, if it takes to next week or next year then that’s what’s going to happen.”

Winston Irvine from the North and West Belfast Parades Forum told Sunday Life that protests would “continue until the Parades Commission is out of office and this parade completes its journey”.

Asked if he thought it was irresponsible to continue calling people onto the streets given the serious recent violence he said: “I totally reject that.

“We’ve had a large turnout today and there’s a great atmosphere because a lot of good work has been done on the ground.

“It’s about peaceful, constructive protest.”

Demonstrators dispersed peacefully by 4.30pm as ordered by the Parades Commission ruling.

There were lighter scenes after the crowds left, when around 50 protesters remained at the top of Twaddell Avenue holding union flags and a sign that read: “End Hatred of Orange Culture.”

Watched on by dozens of police, the group made up of some Orangemen and female supporters sang for over an hour — performing versions of Hokey Cokey, Show Me The Way To Amarillo and It’s a Long Way to Tipperary.

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