Portadown District Master Darryl Hewitt has invited Ligoniel Orangemen, who are protesting at Woodvale Road, to join their fellow brethren in Drumcree.
Mr Hewitt spoke out on Saturday at the Woodvale Road protest in support of the Ligoniel brethren in north Belfast, a protest which has been ongoing since July 12 when a Parades Commission ruling prevented their home parade returning along part of the Crumlin Road.
“All those years ago this situation that we find ourselves in today was born,” he said. “Back then warnings about what was the likely outcome were issued but no-one listened.
“We have said on numerous occasions that the non-Parades Commission is not fit for purpose and that it should be changed, not only in terms of the personnel but more importantly changes must be made to the flawed legislation that brought it into being. It seems to be that once the republican community threaten violence then it is us that have our civil and religious liberties denied.”
Mr Hewitt invited fellow Orangemen to join their ongoing protest at Drumcree Church every Sunday at 1pm. “The message must go out from Twaddell Avenue as it does in Portadown – Here We Stand, We Can Do No Other.”