DODDS SLAMS COMMISSION MUSIC BAN ON TWADDELL AVENUE PARADES

Rev Mervyn Gibson, DUP's Jonathan Bell and Jeffrey Donaldson visit Twaddell Avenue 'civlil rights' camp on Friday

Rev Mervyn Gibson, DUP’s Jonathan Bell and Jeffrey Donaldson visit Twaddell Avenue ‘civlil rights’ camp on Friday

NORTH Belfast DUP MP Nigel Dodds has blasted the Parades Commission ruling banning the playing of music on part of Twaddell Avenue from next week.

The ruling comes into effect from next Wednesday, September 25.

However, loyalists are already planning to defy the ruling.

A loyalist source in north Belfast told the Belfast Daily: “The protestors are up in arms over this decision.

“They are now planning to increase the length of time they play music.

“They are also going to bring in speakers to play loyalist music after the nightly parade has disperse.

“This has lit the loyalist fuse. There is no way they are going to back down now.”

In a statement, local MP Nigel Dodds said: “This is a another ridiculous decision by this discredited Parades Commission.

“The evening parades from Woodvale Road to Twaddell Avenue take place in an entirely Unionist area.

“They have been peaceful throughout and are a legitimate form of peaceful protest in support of the Ligoniel lodges and bands.

“People have the right to make their views known.

“What are we coming to, that the Parades Commission will not permit these lawful demonstrations within the Unionist community to take place without restriction?”

 

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