The Progressive Unionist Party has called the unveiling of a plaque to Shankill bomber Thomas Begley “antagonistic”.
Winston Irvine said there was a lot of hurt and anger on the Shankill Road following news of the republican commemoration.
A rally and the dedication of the plaque are due to take place in the Ardoyne area on October 23 – 20 years to the day since the IRA man carried an explosive device into Frizzell’s fish shop on the Shankill Road.
The bomb exploded prematurely killing nine innocent civilians – including two children – as well as Begley himself.
“The people behind the organising of this commemoration event have re-opened a lot of old, raw wounds that still exist for the people of the Shankill,” Mr Irvine said.
“This is seen as being very antagonistic, and upping of the ante, in terms of republicans trying to rewrite the narrative.
“I think it’s also very important to point out that this is an event which is commemorating not only the person who blew up nine innocent people, including children, but it’s also being presented as a commemoration of the actual event. I think that is where a lot of the anger and pain is coming from in terms of the wider community within the Shankill area.”
The PUP representative said the event was another example of the internal struggle going on within Ardoyne between the mainstream and dissident republicans.
“This is seen as a provocative move by dissident republicans to outflank Sinn Fein in terms of who holds the true baton of republicanism, but it has opened up a lot of very raw wounds within the Shankill community,” Mr Irvine added.
Although the event has not been organised by Sinn Fein, Gerry Kelly MLA said: “Everyone has a right to remember their loved ones and Thomas Begley’s family and friends are no different.”