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Forget the ads, we are not a normal society

A PEACEFUL Twelfth is ruined by a handful of thugs who fail to abide by rule of law and confront police with unnecessary violence.

Whether the decision by the Parades Commission was correct or not is irrelevant. The Orange Order expressed itself as being an irresponsible by calling for protests in response to the banning of the parade past Ardoyne.

The Orange Order, bands and their followers have shown, in the past, that they are unable to abide by restrictions placed upon them, as demonstrated in previous walks past St Patrick's Church in Donegall Street and at Ardoyne.

But controversial parades continue to be a headache. It's unlikely a return parade past Ardoyne will ever happen again.

It is also important to remember that no one group, society, or organisation has control of a public highway. Politicians and public bodies must be responsible in voicing opinion and do so by not using belligerent words.

Until then, Northern Ireland will not be known as a normal society and no amount of money or commercials will change the view of the outside world.

REALIST

Newtownabbey, Co Antrim

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