Republicans, prisoners, parades and conflict

I previously noted the Independent Hunger Strike Commemoration parade that applied for permission from the Parades Commission and how this was at least one reason RSF refused to support it. Last week’s parade in support of Republican prisoners in Belfast, organised by RSF, didn’t apply for permission and was allowed to take place unhindered (it was a smallish affair as the bulk of those supporting prisoners met in the Conway Mill).

Now the Families, Friends and Ex-POWs group are organising a march in support of the POWs protesting in Maghaberry to take place on 25th July 2010 in Lurgan

It intends to bring together thousands and has made it clear on several republican forums they do not intend to state the intended route in advance or apply for permission.

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  • fitzjameshorse1745

    The balance of probability is that it would be the “usual” route ….unless of course they decide to include Queen Street, Mourneview and the Avenue Road as part of a cross community exercise.
    On the week after the Ulster Championship Final (possible replay and second chance matches.
    By the way Casement on Sunday?

  • Mark McGregor


    Surely its All-Ireland Semis not a USFC match. I’ll be watching the football regardless.

  • Ulick

    The usual route to where FJ – Francis St to St Coleman’s? I doubt it, the days of running battles up and down Francis Street ended 35 years ago. Besides the assembly point will be well advertised beforehand so the PSNI won’t have a problem figuring that out. The only viable starting point will be inside Kilwilkie estate, or at a stretch Taghnevan, either way it’ll be easily contained. Another day of disturbances there will annoy no one except the long-suffering residents and provide more overtime for the PSNI.

    The organisers are over-reaching themselves if they are expecting thousands. I suspect they are mistaking the large turnout in support of the Marshall family as indirect support for dissident prisoners. Seriously blinkered thinking if that’s the case.

    My prediction, 5 or 6 hundred, stopped at the Lake St/Antrim Rd or Victoria St junctions. A day or two of children rioting, maybe a failed attempt at the Enterprise and line closed for a few days.

    My prediction for Sunday, Armagh by 4.

  • fitzjameshorse1745

    According to the CLG Ulaidh site the Final is 18th July..I think.

  • fitzjameshorse1745

    Oh I have no idea what the usual route is.
    Merely that Avenue Road etc would be an unusual route.
    In deference to the man who gets me my tickets I will be shouting for Armagh…….think it might be more than 4.

  • Cynic

    What? A Traditional Route?

    Is that not a breach of OO Copyright?

  • Ulick

    I hope you’re right.

  • Argosjohn

    such a load of….

  • jim

    havt to move gerrys helicopter

  • Comrade Stalin

    such a load of….

    It’s funny the proportion of the articles which are attacking either splinter groups and attempts by factions to take control of RSF.