I was tempted to go, but there will almost certainly be trouble at it (from one side or t'other). Personally, I'll be watching it from the distant safety of Howth Head (should be able to see the smoke plumes from there...).
Well, it's kicked off before the parade started. The Pro IRA camp have attacked the Guardai but Sinn Fein are saying they are not orchastrating it - as if!
Shops are boarded up, Guards are being put into ambulances after being bricked and riot police are trying to keep the crowds back. A spectacular own goal for Sinn Fein, I would think. They could have gained the moral high ground by letting it pass by without incident. It looks like the old Marxist maxim of creating civil unrest is still live and kicking within the ranks of Sinn Fein.
Feb 25, 2006 â DUBLIN (Reuters) - Irish nationalists clashed with police on Saturday during demonstrations against a march in Dublin by Northern Irish Protestants remembering those killed by nationalist guerrillas.
The protesters hurled bricks and fireworks at police and tore down barriers meant to separate the nationalists from the marchers, a Reuters witness said.
Police had to close Dublin's main shopping street and shops brought down their shutters.
Officers herded a small group rioters toward the end of the street where they threw bottles and lit a fire, the witness said.
At least five people, three police and two protesters, were injured, the Reuters witness said.
The march, given the go ahead by the Irish government, was intended to call for Ireland to co-operate with probes into unsolved murders by Irish nationalist guerrillas.
Around 3,600 people were killed during Northern Ireland's "troubles" in the 1970s, 80s and early 1990s. Half of those were killed by the Irish Republican Army, a paramilitary movement that wants to unite the British province with the Irish Republic.
Although the bombings and shootings that marked the 30-year conflict have subsided, deep mistrust still divides communities in Northern Ireland where national allegiances are also often religious ones.
The majority Protestant population mainly supports continued British rule while the minority Catholic population is mainly allied to predominantly Catholic Ireland.
Ireland's Justice Minister Michael McDowell has agreed to meet the protesters.
The march was supposed to consist of eight loyalist bands with relatives playing pro-British music to give the feel of the traditional July 12 celebrations in which thousands of Northern Irish Protestants parade through the province's streets to celebrate a 300-year-old battlefield victory over Catholics.
The July 12 celebrations, marked with bonfires and the sound of the pipe, drum and accordion, frequently spark violent riots between Catholics and Protestants.
I'm Irish, the Gardai, (Irish Fuzz), are not my favourite people, even so I hope they kick seven sahdes of zhit our to the republican b()laxes that started this and if any of them are from the North, they should be flogged all the way back to the border.
My only regret is that I cant go into the city centre with a hurl, (3ft length of timber used for an Irish sport), and open them up with it.
Shower of w@nk3rs reckin the city I live in. And now the Gardai have advised the public to avoid the city centre, I have to go in there to get the bus home down the country, Wh()re's C|_|nts preventing me visiting my family.
OK rant over, back to my liberal viewpoint that the rule of law should be observed and applied proportionally, fairly and justly, although I may make an exception in this case.
Scum like that do not represent me or the vast majority of Irish people.
Happened to be in Dublin passing through today, and stopped for a look. Violence was all from the provos, definitely and obviously orchestrated. Respect for coppers has gone up a few notches, those that were there kept as much peace as they could. Public order unit were impressively restrained, won't be any PR victories for SF from them flying off the handle, despite major provocation. There were plenty of rabble rousers, marshalls etc causing as much trouble as possible.
Problem was, not nearly enough coppers present. And the area should have been under control from this morning. A blind man could see it coming.
Love Ulster & SF/IRA went out this morning to prove that protestants would not be allowed to march peacefully in Dublin. They were both proved right.
I'm surprised the Gardai couldn't have rerouted the march. It was supposed to go down O'Connell street which is a building site at the moment. I wasn't there for that bit but apparently the rioters were using the debris round the site as missiles. Dublin Corporation had taken the trouble to seal off the bins in the city centre over the last few days yet left literally tonnes of bricks, metal piping, railings on the street! Protest marches traditionally go down O'Connell street but surely they could have dodged the area in this case.
Up at Nassau street (near Government buildings) the rioters were randomly smashing cars, flipping them upside down and breaking shop windows. Many of the rioters were teenagers together with a few older hands - all pure scum of the earth.
Its quiet now but I notice all the pubs are full of Celtic supporters - hmm... Didn't realise there was a big game on today. I hope it doesn't kick off again...