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WE ARE THE PEOPLE!
NEARLY thirty years the Provisional IRA waged an imperialist and sectarian
‘hot war’ against the people and nation of Ulster.
Republican death squads have killed thousands of people.
Thousands more have been mutilated or horrifically injured.
a variety of reasons, the Provos have halted their squalid ‘hot war’.
The armed struggle is over - for the moment at least.
They are now waging a cultural war of position – a new ‘cold war’.
And the Loyal Orders – in particular the Orange Order – have been at
the receiving end of this cold war.
Provos see themselves as the cutting edge of a pan-Irish national chauvinist
‘broad front’. This includes
Sinn Féin, the SDLP, Leinster House and some elements of the Catholic Church.
the Provos ‘hot war’ all Prods were targets – especially those with
security force connections. This
new ‘cold war’ still targets Prods – especially those who enjoy any form
of public cultural expression! Orange
Halls have been destroyed. Lodges
have been prevented from taking their traditional route to Church services.
Individual Orangemen and women have been harassed by orangeophobic
Commission records on the organisers of Orange walks and loyalist band parades
have ‘fallen into the hands’ of the IRA.
despite the lies, threats and intimidation from Provo hate mongers, Europe’s
largest indigenous folk and cultural festival - the 12th
July celebrations - still goes on. That’s
why Sinn Féin haven’t let up in their campaign of lies and vilification of
the Orange marchers, the bands and all those ordinary decent folk who go out to
enjoy the colour and excitement of the day.
why they focus in on minor incidents when some-one lets down his colours by bad
behaviour. That’s why they blow up
out of all proportion incidents of people drinking in the street, or urinating
in garden hedges. They want to give
the impression that this is a problem that needs to be eliminated - an evil
nuisance that has to be stamped out.
not take this lying down. That’s
what our little paper and this website’s all about.
We need to focus on the real reasons for the Twelfth celebrations.
We need to shout from the rooftops our commitment to celebration, not
provocation or confrontation. Although
we have been bombed, we have been
shot at and we have been slandered, we are not defeated.
We will not be defeated … We
are the people and we're not going quietly away!
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