|The Henry-Joy Parade as it makes its way up Clifton Street|
The HJRFB had applied for and were granted permission to march as they were last year. The parade route was not flagged as contentious by the Parades Commission nor anyone else as it marched through two Nationalist/Republican areas and was clearly welcomed by those communities. Hours earlier however, Loyalists the majority of who connected to the Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF) from the Shankill area used Social Media websites and phones to organise an illegal protest against the march. Around 1.30pm, a large Loyalist mob gathered at Carlisle Circus and outside the Indian Community Centre and Orange Hall in Clifton Street. Where they attacked a large section of RUC/PSNI who were in the area. In response, parade organisers delayed the start of their march because many of the band members and supporters were young teenagers and assessed the situation.
|Loyalist Attacking the RUC/PSNI at Carilse Circus|
Around the same time, senior members of the UVF including, Winston (Winkie) Irvine its North Belfast Commander entered the Orange Hall and stood on its balcony at the front of the building armed with videos and cameras photographing the entire area but primarily Nationalists who live in the area. Who gave these people permission to use these premises? Was it an intelligence gathering operation to identify Nationalists and Republicans? Are the Orange Order and Unionist Politicians okay with this type of action?In spite of Loyalist rioting the parade took place, as the march drew level with the Westlink Motorway on Clifton Street, the two bands stop playing music and restricted their activity to a single drum beat. As a mark of respect to the Orange Hall and Indian Community Centre. As the parade turned into Henry Place, the Loyalist mob intensified stoning and throwing other missiles in the hope that march participants would get hurt a number were indeed struck but luckily not badly injured. As it entered the small graveyard, Loyalists broke into Carlisle House, where they smashed cars belonging to workers and threw missiles into the cemetery. Some marchers were again hurt but the commemoration continued unimpeded. Carlisle House is a residential treatment centre situated near Belfast City Centre. That offers residential rehabilitation treatment for people with difficulties who live in Greater Belfast. Other Loyalist rioters broke into Clifton House across the Crumlin Road. Clifton House is a large Care home for senior citizens, who were no doubt left in great fear.
|UVF Men including, Winkie Irvine in Clifton Street Orange Hall|
|Loyalist Rioters in Carilse House Running Amok|
|Tómas Doherty RNU's National Youth Spokesperson|