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Last Updated: Wednesday, 4 August, 2004, 11:18 GMT 12:18 UK
Adams call over parade
Trouble followed a parade in Ardoyne in July

The Sinn Fein president has said the Parades Commission should prevent a loyal order parade from marching in north Belfast.

Gerry Adams appealed to the Apprentice Boys to be "magnanimous" and to avoid any possible confrontation on 14 August.

He was speaking after an hour-long meeting with the commission in Belfast on Wednesday.

Mr Adams said the people of Ardoyne were still seething with anger after the events of 12 July.

Nationalists in the Ardoyne area have said they will oppose the first of two Apprentice Boys marches through the area later this month.

Residents held a public meeting on Tuesday evening to discuss concerns about the parade after rioting followed an Orange Order parade in the area on the Twelfth of July.

One band and the Ligoniel Walkers Club have applied to parade past the Ardoyne shops before boarding buses for the main demonstration in Londonderry on 14 August.

The march has passed off without major incident in recent years, but events during the return leg of a feeder parade on the Twelfth of July, has hardened the mood against any loyal order parade.

Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams
Gerry Adams discussed the issue with the Parades Commission

The Sinn Fein delegation which met the commission also included north Belfast MLAs Gerry Kelly and Kathy Stanton.

Speaking before the meeting, Mr Kelly said that in the aftermath of the Twelfth of July parade the local community was still very angry.

"I attended one (meeting) last night and I have to say the sense of anger is still very strong," he told the BBC on Wednesday.

"The Apprentice Boys get onto a bus, travel a short distance through a Catholic area, get off the bus and travel a short distance through a Catholic area, get on the bus and then go to Derry.

"After what happened on the Twelfth and other parades - including Apprentice Boys parades in the past - people are telling us that they are not prepared to put up with that type of treatment of Ardoyne, Mountainview and indeed the Dales, which are three Catholic areas that they march through."

More than 20 police officers were injured when nationalist youths clashed with the security forces after supporters of the contentious parade on 12 July were allowed through the area.

The parade had been restricted by the Parades Commission which ruled that only lodge members and marshals could take part in the parade back to Ballysillan as it passed the Ardoyne shops.

The police said they acted in accordance with the ruling as the parade's supporters were only allowed up the road after the march had passed.

The government-appointed Parades Commission was set up in 1997 to make decisions on whether controversial parades should be restricted.

BBC NI's Brian Rowan:
"Residents held a public meeting on Tuesday evening to discuss concerns"

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