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.