The Orange Order in Belfast has called for all unionists to stop talking to the Parades Commission.
There is immense anger within the institution over recent parade rulings concerning Ardoyne and Donegall Street in Belfast as well as Castlederg in west Tyrone.
For the first time brethren have been banned from passing the Ardoyne shops on their parade returning home.
Last year there was serious violence in the nationalist Brompton Park area with youths throwing fireworks and petrol bombs at police lines for several hours. Live rounds were also fired at police.
Belfast Grand Chaplain the Rev Mervyn Gibson questioned why the Orange Order, which did not break any determinations, is being punished for this violence.
He said: “We obeyed all the determinations, we put our community through a real trauma last year with the 4pm return, there have been riots, there have been attacks, the attempted murder of police, shots fired at police - what happens to the Orange Order who committed no violence whatsoever? Our parade is banned. Where’s the fairness and equality in that?”
Three Ligoniel lodges will not be allowed to pass Ardoyne shops, leaving them effectively cut off from getting home but the Orange Order have not revealed what they plan to do. The institution had obtained permission from Ballysillan Playing fields, but yesterday the Rev Gibson said those will not be used.
He also said that he was not aware of any buses arranged to take brethren from the three lodges home.
When asked what will happen when the return parade reaches Woodvale, he said: “I think we’ll wait and see what happens, we don’t want to second guess or raise temperatures here.
“The Parades Commission has created this crisis, everyone has indicated that. By bringing in extra officers it shows police are worried about this situation and that is all because of the Parades Commission’s crazy decision. The rest of us have to try and manage the fallout from that, and that is what we are seeking to do, have a peaceful protest against this ludicrous determination.”
Mr Gibson has called for unionist politicians to break off contact with the Parades Commission.
“The Orange Order has never spoken to the Parades Commission – we are now asking that to be extended so that no unionists should talk to them.
“They have to be ostracised because of their ongoing war against the Protestant and unionist people,” he said, adding that the Order will continue to submit application forms to the body for parades.