Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 19 April 2014

Short memory on civil protests

The attempts by republicans and others to denounce the civil disobedience instigated by the bands and members of the Royal Black Preceptory brings to mind another civil disobedience event.

In 1971, the SDLP - then under the leadership of Gerry Fitt - announced a campaign of civil disobedience, including the non-payment of rents and rates. How many of these non-payers were arrested, jailed or evicted?

It appears that civil disobedience must be acceptable if it's green, but unlawful if it's red, white and blue or orange.

WILLIAM RAINEY

Belfast

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