[Sinn Fein]

24th June 1999

Loyalist March of Shame begins in Derry

Sinn Fein Councillor Cathal Crumley has praised Derry nationalists for the discipline and restraint shown as the loyalist march to Drumcree left Derry this morning.

Councillor Crumley said:

``Those responsible for organising and participating in this sectarian force represent the most negative aspects of unionism and loyalism. It is no coincidence that the individuals most vociferous in their support of this march are also most opposed to the implementation of the Good Friday Agreement.

``One of the basic principles of the Agreement was the right to live free from sectarian harassment but it is clear that the intent of this march is to raise tensions and increase pressure on the residents of the Garvaghy Road in the days immediately preceding Drumcree Sunday.

``Nationalists in Derry should be commended for their dignity and restraint. I am sure that this city has sent a strong and disciplined message to negative unionism that we will not be fooled into accepting that this sham is anything other than an attempt to force Orange feet down the Garvaghy Road and other nationalist areas.''

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