Maze protest rally arranged (NewsLetter)

The Ulster Unionist Party, Traditional Unionist Voice and UKIP are organising a public rally over plans for the former Maze Prison set to take place on Thursday night.

The political parties have said the event at Lisburn Orange Hall tomorrow evening will give the public “an opportunity to give a clear voice to their opposition“ to plans to build a conflict resolution centre at the site of the former Maze Prison.

In a joint statement UUP MLA Tom Elliott, TUV leader Jim Allister and UKIP MLA David McNarry encouraged people to attend to show their opposition to the Maze plans.

“The rally tomorrow night will be an opportunity for ordinary people to demonstrate their opposition to the DUP/Sinn Fein plans for the Maze,” they said.

“On February 18, 2004 DUP MP for Lagan Valley Jeffrey Donaldson told the Guardian, “The victims of these terrorists will not visit this site. It would be an absolute abomination to them.” Now he is chief salesman for a so-called “Peace Centre” which has been rejected by innocent victims the length and breadth of the Province.

“The DUP claim to be “mystified” by the position the Orange Order has taken on this issue. If they really are then they must be greatly confused by the position taken by the 12 groups representing innocent victims who launched the Charter for Innocent Victims, FAIR and the RUC George Cross Association as well. Just who do the DUP think they are speaking for on this issue?

“Thousands of people have already signed the petition calling for a halt to the building of a “peace centre” on the site of the Maze prison and the immediate demolition of the prison buildings. The general public recognise that Nigel Dodds was correct when he warned:

“However it is dressed up, whatever spin is deployed, the preservation of a section of the H-Blocks – including the hospital wing – would become a shrine to the terrorists who committed suicide in the Maze in the 1980s. That would be obnoxious to the vast majority of people and is something unionist people cannot accept.”

“The public are encouraged to join us at tomorrow night’s rally in order to demonstrate that the DUP/Sinn Fein spin isn’t working”.

The event is set to take place at Lisburn Orange Hall from 8pm on Thursday.


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