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Five unionist groups – including DUP and UUP – make united call to let north Belfast parade through

PSNI officers stand guard on the Woodvale Road as loyalists hold a march and protest near the interface with Ardoyne, where the Orange Order was barred from parading along a contentious stretch of road.

PSNI officers stand guard on the Woodvale Road as loyalists hold a march and protest near the interface with Ardoyne, where the Orange Order was barred from parading along a contentious stretch of road.

Unionist political parties linked together to issue a united call on Wednesday night.

Reacting to the news that a morning parade around the contentious Ardoyne district had been granted permission yesterday (see News Letter webiste), the DUP, UUP, TUV, PUP and West Belfast UPRG issued a joint statement in response, calling for the evening return route to be granted as well.

The statement in full read: “It is the same people walking up the Crumlin Road in the evening as the Commission has allowed down in the morning so logic dictates they should be allowed to return home.

“The morning parade along the Crumlin Road has not been the core issue so the key question remains.

“Will the Parades Commission cave in to the publicly issued republican threats against the homeward leg on this arterial route or not?

“We believe they must be unequivocal in their rejection of these threats and allow the homeward leg of the parade”.

 

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