[Sinn Fein]

5 August 1996

Unprovoked attack by RUC on nationalists in Newtownbutler

Sinn Fein Councillor Gerry McHugh has accused the RUC of an unprovoked attack on the nationalist community of Newtownbutler on Sunday evening during a loyalist Black Preceptory march.

Cllr. McHugh said:

``In the course of the loyalist Black Preceptory march which paraded up and down the overwhelmingly nationalist village of Newtownbutler, the RUC assaulted members of the community as they stood at their front doors. People were attacked and one young man was hospitalised.

``This was despite the fact there had been no protest organised against the unannounced Black Preceptory march.

``This weekend the Black Preceptory plan to march through the nationalist town of Roslea. Last night's incidents highlight the need for dialogue between the loyal orders and any area in which they intend marching.

``The loyal orders must accept that the consent of the local community is essential. This will ensure that parades pass off peacefully and communities are not subjected to either the triumphalism of the loyal orders or the brutality of the RUC.''

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