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Monday, June 29, 1998 Published at 21:06 GMT 22:06 UK

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Orange Order to defy march ban

The Protestant Orange Order in Northern Ireland has said it will defy a ban on it marching through a Roman Catholic area during next Sunday's Drumcree Parade in Portadown.

The ban was imposed by the commission set up to regulate traditional marches in the province.

The parade, which is vehemently opposed by Roman Catholic residents, has led to violence in previous years.

A spokesman for the Orange Order said marchers would go as far as they could and then stage a protest.

The government has appealed to them to observe the ban, which has been welcomed by the Roman Catholic community.

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