Belfast parades threat claim

Daily Ireland has received a threat purporting to be from the “Catholic Reaction Force” against people participating in Orange parades. The CRF name has been used down throughout the Troubles to issue threats against Protestants. Also, it was used as a cover name by the INLA to claim the sectarian murder of three Protestants during a church service in Darkley, South Armagh in 1983.

It could be frivolous as shotgun shells, a stencil and a video camera are not the most difficult things to get or it could be a sign that the INLA wishes to use parades to bolster support. The size of the INLA’s presence at the Easter Rising Parade to Milltown was noticeably up this year.

  • Fenian Bastard

    Is there an actual CRF?

    IIRC the CRF was the cover name for the kingsmills massacre which has been attributed by almost everyone to the IRA.

  • fair_deal

    FB

    The cover name used for that was the South Armagh Republican Action Force.

  • Canadian

    What does “IIRC” mean?

  • fair_deal

    If I Remember Correctly

  • darth rumsfeld

    but the Catholic Reaction Force did claim Darkley, widely believed to have been by the INLA, with Provo permission

  • Canadian

    Duh!!

    Thanks fair_deal.

  • Stephen Copeland

    Fair_deal,

    … The size of the INLA’s presence at the Easter Rising Parade to Milltown was noticeably up this year.

    Thereby implying that you were there this year, and in previous years! You are truly a complex individual.

  • Dec

    could be frivolous as shotgun shells, a stencil and a video camera are not the most difficult things to get or it could be a sign that the INLA wishes to use parades to bolster support.

    Or more likely elements within loyalism attempting to heighten tensions ahead of the annual Trumpton-lookalike rallies, an obvious possibility raised by the report but overlooked by Fair_Deal.

    Strange none of the usual suspects have been on this thread making derogatory references to Daily Provo/Direland/Fenian rag*

    * Delete depending on the level of frothing

  • spartacus

    fd:

    curious: on what do you base your assertions about the inla presence? can you give us a rough estimate then, numbers? because i wonder if you’re not just throwing this stuff out there to bolster the sinister conspiracy angle. i’ve always thought crf was a hoax, more likely to be used by loyalists for false flags and sectarian smear than by anyone else.

  • fair_deal

    spartacus

    “on what do you base your assertions about the inla presence?”

    On the eyesight of people who were there. The numbered 250-300 up from about 100-150 the year before.

  • spartacus

    fd:

    you would be well advised to get yourself some sober observers for next easter’s festivites. i knew you were talking rubbish, but didn’t think you’d push it that hard. exposed, fd.

    remove the thread: pure rubbish.

  • fair_deal

    The observers were perfectly sober and a shinner confirmed a growth in numbers to me as well.

  • spartacus

    blind, then. stuff the excuses. you’re making it up as you go along.

  • fair_deal

    “an obvious possibility raised by the report but overlooked by”

    The use by republicans of CRF has been proven (ballistics evidence from Darkley and other INLA attacks). While I can find a claim by Gerry Kelly of use by Loyalists I can’t find evidence to substantiate it. Jim Rodgers claims it is used by the PIRA and I didn’t repeat that either as I am not aware of proof.

    Also I was careful in my wording that it was a “claim”. I used “” around the name because of the question mark of CRF’s existence and made clear how the threat could easily be fabricated.

    The usage by the INLA of the CRF tag is known justifying some focus on them.

  • fair_deal

    spartacus

    Both have fully functioning eyesight as does the shinner. If I hadn’t sources I wouldn’t have said it. You might be unable to comprehend someone of my background knowing and talking to people who would be there but those are your blinkers not mine.

  • Pat Mc Larnon

    Another unsubstantiated lie from this particular blogger.

  • spartacus

    fd:

    ‘You might be unable to comprehend someone of my background knowing and talking to people who would be there.’

    That won’t work either. It wouldn’t surprise me if you had access to HMG video of the event, let alone contacts in attendance, but its beside the point. The simple fact is you have either been misled or you have lied in order to bolster your assertion of a dark conspiracy above. I say that as someone who stood within fifteen feet of the contingent as it entered Milltown, and who has no stake in the numbers game one way or the other. Exposed, FD.

    It is as likely that you sent the material on to DI in order to lay the basis for this thread as it is that the INLA had a hand in it. Maybe the odds are better, even.

  • Ian

    The whole threat is bullshit.

    The result here is that the thugs in the UVF / UDA will be out in force to “protect their people”. (Thats their words for have a riot, use their guns, and bully) The OO will still hold their parades saying they have no control of the hangers on. The residents groups will ensure that everyone is up early and out to be offended. There will be violence and the Orangemen will be demonised as sectarian bigots. The Republican Movement will then start comparing the OO to the KKK, talk about how downtrodden they are, make accusations against the PSNI etc. Blair and Bertie will condemn everything and say that violence will not be rewarded or tolerated and encourage everyone to get back into Stormont. (Where men of violence are rewarded with salary cheques).

  • Prince Eoghan

    Ian, should I buy a lottery ticket today. And who is going to win the 3.30 at Newmarket.

  • Ian

    Prince Eoghan

    There isn’t a race meeting at Newmarket today, but I would recommend a small bet on Kings Head in the first race at Epsom!

  • Prince Eoghan

    Just testing your powers. Thanks for the tip.

  • fair_deal

    Spartcus

    Firstly I put a range of possibilities forward not just the INLA one.

    Question for you, what form of protest did CIRA supporters do along as the Provos walked by?

    Pat

    I have witnesses so it is not unsubstantiated.

  • Tex

    Is there any evidence at all the Irps have anything at all to do with this?

  • can

    “Is there any evidence at all the Irps have anything at all to do with this?”

    I think fair deal is praying that it has.

    Poor guy

  • ch

    The Darkley atrocity was not INLA per se but carried out by a single INLA member along with other unaligned individuals. As far as these claims go, this could be any loyalist provacateur or Catholic sectarian.