Letter About a Supremacist Body
To The Chairman,
Once more a Loyal Order, on this occasion the Apprentice Boys of Derry, have been rewarded for their intransigent attitude and refusal to engage with the residents of The Dales, Mountainview and Ardoyne by receiving your permission to march through our area on Monday 9th April 2012. As the
Residents’ Group that represents the majority of people within the Greater Ardoyne area, and the most vocal and vociferous in our opposition to sectarian parades, we would like to officially register our disgust at this decision.
The Apprentice Boys, as you are well aware, are a Protestant supremacist grouping that has at the centre of its ethos anti-Catholicism and an anti-Irish attitude. They regularly march to assert this supposed supremacy over their neighbours within areas where they are welcome and we agree that they have a right to do so. However within the Greater Ardoyne area, an independent survey carried out by impartial researchers has found that 96%of residents are opposed to all Loyal Order parades through their area. By continually granting Loyal Orders permission to march through Greater Ardoyne, the Parades Commission is infringing upon residents’ right to live free from sectarian intimidation and harassment, as enshrined in legislation in the aftermath of the Good Friday Agreement and subsequent accords.
What makes the determination regarding this particular Parade even more nonsensical is the fact that the participants will be bussed up through Ardoyne, drop them off at the destination point, only for the empty busesto drive back down and park at the back of Holy Cross Chapel. The marchers will then parade through an area where they are not welcome, only to board the same buses again and drive to Derry. It is a scenario which one would only assume has been scripted by Monty Python, yet here we have it played out for real on the streets of Ardoyne in the 21st century.
In light of all the above, the Greater Ardoyne Residents Collective, as the group representing the majority of residents in Ardoyne, Mountainview and The Dales, demand that you reconsider your decision and ban the Apprentice Boys from marching through our area. They are not, never have been and never will be welcome in our area. We are not a “host community” as we have not invited these bigots to our community, rather they are imposing themselves upon us with your blessing and the help of the PSNI and others who wish to facilitate them. We await your response with interest, as it will undoubtedly display to us whether you are genuine about finding a resolution to the parading issue in Ardoyne, or are we to continue to be treated by the Commission as second class citizens.
Greater Ardoyne Residents’ Collective (GARC)
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