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Ulster violence fears over banned parade.

POLICE in Ulster were last night planning a new security operation after Orangemen in Belfast announced a massive protest over a banned parade.

The move comes during the fragile peace following the outlawing of this year's march from Drumcree Church along Portadown's Garvaghy Road.

Orangemen from Ballynafeigh in Belfast were told on Tuesday they could not march along the nationalist Lower Ormeau Road this Monday, July 12th.

But they announced yesterday they would organise a rally in the Ormeau Park, near the point from where they are prevented entering the road.

That could see tens of thousands of Orangemen and their supporters gathering. The Orange Order's Belfast County secretary Tom Haire said: "It is our intention to have our usual 12th of July demonstration."

Orange Order insiders suggested last night the Drumcree protest would now be stepped up.

An Army source there said: "We have the capability to deal with 16,000 protesters here if we have to and I think we may have to."

In Portadown, security was being stepped up in advance of bonfires being lit tomorrow night.

A steel blockade along estates beside the Garvaghy Road has been erected over Army concerns about sniper attacks.
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Author:McCOLM, EUAN
Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Jul 8, 1999
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