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    What is the purpose of the parades?
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    Ohhh the parades, that's not trouble, that's traddition...
    Happens every year, don't worry about it

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    Re: Troubles in Belfast...

    Quote Originally Posted by mikeinie View Post
    Ohhh the parades, that's not trouble, that's traddition...
    Happens every year, don't worry about it
    Are you saying it's the annual 'vent your frustrations with the other side' day?
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    Quote Originally Posted by flopstock View Post
    What is the purpose of the parades?
    OK, the best comparison for understanding purposes it this:
    The US civil war: A very dark time in American history, the country torn apart, North against South.
    Only when the civil war was over, it was the focus of the President to form a stronger united country and to heal wounds between the North and the South.

    Now, (based in the internet information) Lee surrendered on April 9th 1868. And thus the South lost the war.

    Now image, every year on April 9th, hundreds of people from the Northern States, dressed up in Yankee outfits, travel to Atlanta, and marched and paraded through Atlanta celebrating their defeat. Rubbing in their face, year after year for hundreds of years their loss of the civil war.

    What do you think the reaction would be in the South?

    For the Canadians here, can you image hundreds of English speaking Canadians were to gather and then march through the streets of Old Quebec dressed in red coats celebrating the victory of the Planes of Abraham?
    How do you think the French Canadians would take to that?


    That is the parade season in Northern Ireland, the ‘Orange men’ celebrate the war between the Protestant King William 111 of Orange and the Catholic King James for control of Ireland in the 1690s.

    King William won, and every year the ‘Orangemen’ march through the Catholic areas of Belfast reminding them of it. It causes problems (as it would).

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    Good explanation Mike.

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    Thank you Mike, and quite frankly IMO, these marches and 'the marching season' should be kicked into touch. It is about time the 'orangemen' grew up! Sorry if that is non PC, but I would think that most peace-loving people would wish for the same. It's about time such things ceased - tradition???? Not in my book.
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    Why is it allowed?

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    Mikeinie made a good analogy. The parades in themselves arent the problem as such. Its the deliberately provocative stance that the Orange order take in persisting with the marches through Nationalist areas. Sinn Fein have condemned the violence and have suggested that it is the widely outlawed Continuity IRA. It has very little following but sectarianism is a long way from disappearing from the Province
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    The 12th of July parades are as Mike says ... tradition in this little country. Most people here (from both sides of the community) are happy to let the day pass peacefully. Having said that .... there are some who like to cause trouble.
    Truthfully it sickens me!

    PS ... Kathy I'm fine, thank you :-)
    Last edited by pinkchick; 07-13-2010 at 10:43 AM. Reason: left something out
    Very nearly perfect ...

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