STATEMENT FOLLOWING YESTERDAY’S LOYALIST ATTACK ON IRISH PUB IN LIVERPOOL

Cairde na hEireann Liverpool is appalled by the incidents recorded yesterday in Liverpool involving a loyalist parade through Liverpool and distributed widely though social media https://youtu.be/as9y83ME9wE. It is clear that the organisers (Apprentice Boys Of Derry supported by Loyalist bands) lost control of their supporters when they targeted the Liffey Irish Bar on Renshaw Street. During the past 10 years this bar is annually targeted by loyalists during this specific parade as almost every band plays the ‘Sash My Father Wore’ as they pass by https://youtu.be/jPxeROwGsAA. Footage clearly shows loyalists (women and men) making determined efforts to enter the bar and the doors having to be defended and then closed to prevent violence and injury to the customers.

 Cairde na hEireann Liverpool asks that any person subject to racist or sectarian abuse to personally report it via the STOP HATE UK helpline 0800 138 1625.

 Cairde na hEireann is also concerned that yet again Loyalists are allowed with impunity to carry flags of proscribed organisations, with no intervention from Merseyside Police. Yesterday at least one band carried the flag of the outlawed Ulster Volunteer Force. At last week’s English Defence League demonstration in Liverpool the UVF flag was again carried without intervention from Merseyside Police, when local Loyalists supported the fascist organisation. As a parade organiser, Cairde na hEireann is regularly subject to continued scrutiny by Merseyside Police in relation to flags and emblems and in 2014 a ridiculous situation emerged where the flag of the historical Irish women’s patriot organisation Cumann na mBan was banned from being flown by Merseyside Police as part of a centenary parade through Liverpool www.anphoblacht.com/contents/2447 . Cairde na hEireann Liverpool calls on Merseyside Police to treat communities equally and apply the law equally. At present it is clear that Merseyside Police is far from impartial in the way it views and treats the Irish community and Irish community events.

 

CNAE Liverpool.

Communications Team.

PRESS RELEASE: Irish community group meets Mayor of Liverpool to discuss racist attacks

PRESS RELEASE

 11TH FEBRUARY 2013

 Irish community group meets Mayor of Liverpool to discuss racist attacks

Today representatives of  Cairde na hEireann Liverpool met with Joe Anderson, Mayor of Liverpool, his team and senior officers from Merseyside Police to discuss attacks on Irish Parades/Marches in Liverpool by far-right organisations and local Liverpool Loyalists during 2012. These attacks are fully documented in CNE’s recently published report (attached).
The meeting agreed that these attacks should stop immediately and that the rights of the Irish community to hold lawful, dignified and peaceful public events should be upheld and protected.

In an open and frank discussion, CNE reps reiterated the view that attacks by far-right and loyalists demonstrators at several marches/parades during 2012 have been both racist in nature and an attempt drive the Irish community off the streets of Liverpool. They have also been aimed at preventing the expression of Irish culture and our community’s right to commemorate Liverpool-Irish history and honour the memory of such historical figures such as James Larkin and the Liverpool-Irish volunteers who fought fascism in Spain. CNE reps also highlighted the worrying links that have been developed between loyalists, individual members of various Orange Institutions across the city and far-right racist groups such as the North West Infidels, Combined Exforces, English Defence League and the National Front.

Again, CNE reps committed themselves to having open and honest dialogue with any organisations in Liverpool to ameliorate the problems caused by far-right and loyalist attacks and will work co-operatively with both Liverpool City Council and Merseyside Police in facilitating public events in the future.

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