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Orange Order must accept responsibility for its supporters - Maskey

Published: 5 July, 2011

Sinn Féin Assembly member for South Belfast Alex Maskey has described attempts by the Orange Order to blame MTV for drunken violence at their parades further evidence of an organisation unwilling to accept responsibility for its actions.

Mr Maskey said:

"For years the Orange Order has repeatedly ignored serious violent and anti-social behaviour which is directly connected to a number of its parades. When it comes to disorder and illegality at Orange Parades it is never the fault of the Order.

"Over the years variously nationalists, the police, the Parades Commission and the weather have been blamed for drunken bandsmen, Orangemen and hangers on. Bizarrely today MTV have been added to the list.

"It is high time the Orange Order lived up to it's responsibilities. They should recognise how a number of their parades are offensive to host communities where they insist on marching through. It is time they stopped blaming everyone else for events surrounding their parades and instead take action to see illegal and anti-social behaviour stopped."