The TUV have praised bands and members of the loyal orders who attended the Protestants Against Injustice parade.
Commenting on Saturday night’s protest parade in Ballymoney TUV leader Jim Allister said:
“It was heartening to see so many members of the Orange Order and the band fraternity on parade on Saturday night. There has been growing frustration at the pro-Republican decisions of the Parades Commission not just this year but over a long period. It is viewed by people across the Unionist community as a divisive organisation which suppresses their culture. Saturday night’s protest drew support from across Northern Ireland, testament to the fact that resentment at the conduct of the Commission goes well beyond North Antrim.”
TUV Councillor Sharon McKillop said:
“I was delighted to see such a strong turnout on Saturday and would commend the PAI Committee for organising it. The conduct of the Parades Commission has been nothing short of shameful.
“One has only to consider their treatment of Dervock Young Defenders flute band. The band’s bus was burned and a short time later the Commission sought to punish them because of an altercation in Ballycastle which resulted in the arrest of Republican Councillor Padraig McShane.
“There is a fundamental duty on us all to ensure that the civil and religious liberties of citizens are respected. All too often, however, the Parade Commission is used as a tool to deprive people of those rights.
“Enough is enough!”