Loyalist protests against protocol resume with Enniskillen demo
Loyalist protests against the protocol are due to resume this week with a demonstration in Co Fermanagh tomorrow.
Guest speakers at the Enniskillen event will include Jamie Bryson and TUV leader Jim Allister.
The rally was organized by a group calling themselves the Combined Fermanagh Loyalists.
It will take place at 7:30 p.m. at Derrychara Link Road in the city.
Bryson and the MLA also shared a platform during an anti-protocol protest in Newtownards in June attended by Brexit activists Baroness Hoey and Ben Habib.
“The popular movement against protocol must continue and it’s great to see this happening across Northern Ireland,” the loyalist blogger said.
“The demonstrations belong to the people, and it is to the credit of trade unionists in the region that they organized this event.
“Everyone has the right to demonstrate peacefully as and when they wish, and it is not surprising that many members of the Unionist community feel the need to do so given the grave injustice inflicted on our community. “
The parade commission has been notified.
Previous protests have not sought such permission, with a number currently under investigation by PSNI.
About 40 people in Belfast, Newtownards, Bangor and Ballymena received a letter from the police and offered them “the opportunity to participate in a voluntary interview” on their participation in the illegal gatherings held earlier this year.
They were told that if they do not show up, a file detailing their presence, and including relevant video and photographic evidence, should be sent to the prosecution for review for action.
Loyalist protests took place in Newtownards, Bangor, east Belfast and on Shankill Road.
Parades were also held in Carrickfergus, Ballymena, Moygashel and Portadown.
More rallies are now scheduled to take place, with protests scheduled to coincide with “Ulster Day” on September 29, which marks the signing of the Ulster Covenant against Home Rule in 1912.
“As we head into Ulster Day I imagine more protests will take place, and certainly when we get to this poignant day in the union calendar, I hope we will see a clear message being sent that this problem hasn’t gone away, ”Bryson added.
“My Wednesday night message will be simple.
“The Protestant, Unionist and Loyalist community is caught in the knot of the ‘process’ of the Belfast Accord.
“Rather than trying to pull the threads while working the system, it’s time to cut the knot and be done. It’s the Assembly or the Protocol, but it can never be both.
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