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We'll walk anywhere - Paisley

By Mick Naughton.

Loyalists will not be ``allowing'' Orange parades to be rerouted across the Six Counties, DUP leader Ian Paisley warned last Friday 4 April at a loyalist `Right To March' rally in Portadown. Over 1,000 loyalists marched behind seven bands to the town's war memorial in scenes reminiscent of last summer when his DUP side-kick William McCrea appeared with Billy Wright.

Paisley boasted that neither the British government nor its armed forces would be able to reroute contentious marches. ``Let whatever British government is in power and the security forces of our nation know that Ulster stands fast. It is not an inch to Dublin, and it is `No Surrender' to all Ulster's enemies. Our birthright will not be sold for the mess of ecumenical pottage''. And in a message to Catholics full of sectarian invective, he added: ``You will not breed us out.''

Standing in for the absent Wright was former loyalist death squad killer Kenny McClinton from Belfast's Shankill Road and Pauline Gilmore a UDP spokesperson and spokesperson for ORDER, an Ormeau Road based organisation that triggered the `demand' for Protestant civil rights. Paisley's deputy, Peter Robinson also attended as did main organiser Clifford Forbes who admitted himself disappointed that the number of those attending fell far short of the 10,000 expected.
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