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Willie Frazer seeks legal advice over ‘bed push’ plans

Victims' campaigner Willie Frazer

Victims' campaigner Willie Frazer

Victims campaigner Willie Frazer has sought legal advice after a fundraising walk in Belfast was banned from entering the city centre by the Parades Commission.

The commission has also ruled that the ‘bed push’ event – held to enable Semtex victims to progress their claims for compensation from the Libyan government – cannot begin from the Ardoyne Road in the north of the city.

It has been scheduled to take place on Saturday, December 14. However, Mr Frazer has said the event will take place along the entire length of the notified route or not at all.

“This is a victims event. People are asking, ‘why are you coming from Ardoyne?’

“Why can’t we? Quite simple – the bomb used in the [1993 attack on the] Shankill came from Ardoyne,” he said.

In its determination, the Parades Commission said it was aware of “the cumulative impact of parades and protests on the commercial life of the city, especially on Saturday afternoons”.

Around 30 people are expected to take part.

 

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