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Dublin: 12°C Saturday 13 August 2022

'Bed push' parade in Belfast must not pass Ardoyne area

The parade is part of a fundraising drive to send IRA victims to Libya where the government there said it will pass on information about former cooperation with the terrorist organisation.

Loyalist campaigner Willie Frazer.
Loyalist campaigner Willie Frazer.
Image: Graham Hughes/Photocall Ireland

THE PARADES COMMISSION has placed a number of restrictions on a ‘bed push’ through Belfast that has been planned by union flag protester Willie Frazer.

The ‘Push for Justice’ is part of a fundraising campaign to send IRA victims to Libya to seek compensation for the country’s support of the terrorist organisation. Some 40 people are expected to take part in the parade which will involve pushing beds through the streets.

Libya’s new government has indicated it is willing to reveal information about the passing of weapons and money to the IRA and about those sent for training in Libya.

(Willie Frazer/YouTube)

The parade, which is planned for Saturday 14 December, has been given the go ahead but the Parades Commission has said it can not pass the Ardoyne area.

It said that there would “be an adverse impact on an already fragile community, a negative impact on community life and the potential for serious public disorder”.

The ‘Push for Justice’ is also restricted from passing through the city centre as the commission said this could be detrimental to retail business.

The commission said it has been informed that this time of year is “crucial to help the survival of the already hard-pressed city traders” and noted concerns from elected representatives about parades going through the heart of the city’s retail sector on a Saturday afternoon.

No paramilitary-style clothing is to be work at any time during the parade and “flags, bannerettes and symbols relating to a prescribed organisation” will also not be permitted.

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