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Video 2: Ardoyne Clash

BBC reporter:
This is the moment last night when the controversial Ballysillan Orange parade arrived back at Ardoyne.

(shouting)

BBC reporter:
One of those on the March was the Belfast Councillor, Chris McGimpsey. And today, as he viewed footage of the parade, he gave this account of events.

Chris McGimpsey, UUP Councillor West Belfast:
Once we emerged and were seen by the Protestants in Twaddell Avenue, they applauded. That was the key because the nationalists, of course, they couldn't see us, they were screened. As soon as they heard the applause from the Protestants, then they started to attack and you can see, unfortunately, one or two bottles being thrown back from the Protestants. But, overwhelmingly, the attack was premeditated and initiated from nationalist Ardoyne.

BBC reporter:
In nationalist Ardoyne, people were gathering this afternoon for a public meeting, and here the events of last night, are seen entirely differently.

Gerry Adams, Sinn Fein MP West Belfast:
I want to commend our activists who did a brilliant and very brave job of stewarding and I want to commend many people, even though they abused many of our leading people, for their discipline in the face of a lot of provocation. And I think that what we saw was the securicrats in the ascendency once again, and we saw a British Secretary of State facilitating a deal.

(shouting)

BBC reporter:
What Gerry Adams means when he talks about provocation and about a deal being facilitated is the fact that not only the Orange Lodges, but these people were walked through the security corridor and passed the Ardoyne shops.

Gerry Kelly, Sinn Fein MLA North Belfast:
I know it's hard and I know you are pissed off with me and everybody else, but I am telling you, it's the wrong thing to do. Look, the wrong thing to do is to come up here.

BBC reporter:
Minutes later, and not far away, Gerry Kelly and other senior republicans were trying to persuade a nationalist crowd to back away from the interface here at Glenbryn.

(shouting)

BBC reporter:
But republican appeals for calm were ignored: the lid had come off and a street battle followed.

(shouting)

BBC reporter:
In what was going on here, some soldiers became isolated and they looked very vulnerable. We then saw senior republicans urging the army and the police to leave the area.

(shouting)

BBC reporter:
A senior Sinn Fein source said getting the army and police out was the only way of trying to restore calm and discipline here.

(shouting)

BBC reporter:
But all of that took time. The trouble then moved to another part of Ardoyne.

(shouting)

BBC reporter:
The same street in Ardoyne the morning after the night before. And this politician, who yesterday said his party colleagues should consider their positions on the Policing Board, isn't backing off. He still believes the police operation was a mistake.

Martin Morgan, SDLP Councillor North Belfast:
Clearly, the interpretation for my constituents is one of where the police would not stand up to the Orange Order to the loyalist politicians and to the unionist politicians and that expediency was the name of the game. Seal off Ardoyne; get the loyalist supporters up the road.

BBC reporter:
Last night this road was littered with policing, parading, and political debris and the job now is to try to pick up the pieces; however difficult that might prove.

Brian Rowan - BBC Newsline, North Belfast. (13/07/2004)



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