Orange ratchet up tension in Portadown with Drumcree march breach

Having introduced a weekly Wednesday night protest march to accompany the pre-existing weekend protest march, Orangemen in Portadown have attempted to ratchet up the tension in Portadown following recent sectarian rioting by breaching a Parades Commission determination and marching to the edge of the Ballyoran estate.

Interestingly, Suzanne Breen had noted in the Sunday World a couple of days ago that the Order failed to attempt to march the road on July 3rd, when PSNI officers didn’t show up to accept a protest letter from the Order. On that occasion, the Orangemen contacted the PSNI, who sent an officer to assume the appropriate role in the Order’s Drumcreew pageant, though Breen did quote a loyalist as condemning the Orangemen for “not having the guts” to seize the opportunity to proceed with their march.