Republican News · Thursday 10 July 1997

[An Phoblacht]

Nationalist anger in Armagh

Nationalists in Armagh reacted with fury at the decision to force the Portadown Orange Order down the Garvaghy Road. A public meeting was held at the Shambles and despite short notice hundreds attended. It was chaired by Barry McKee of the local residents association and Sinn Féin councillors Noel Sheridan and Sean McGirr. The speakers criticised both Ronnie Flanagan, the RUC and Mowlam.

A white line picket at the Shambles on Tuesday night resulted in a crowd of several hundreds surging up English Street and confronting the massed line of RUC landrovers and armoured personnel carriers. The RUC attempted to disperse the crowd. The picket lasted an hour and was concluded when Sheridan addressed the crowd reminding them of further protests during the week.

Shambles Rally Wednesday 9th - 8pm

Irish Street white line picket Thursday 10th - 8pm

Shambles white line picket Friday 11th - 8pm

Saturday 12 July - there will be a series of protests and pickets at the Shambles and Railway street areas to protest against the Orange Order's expected march through the area.

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