West Tyrone Sinn Féin -- Building an Ireland of Equals

British army homecoming parade not needed

Published: 15 September, 2011

Sinn Féin Councillor Peter Kelly said that the proposed British Army 'homecoming' parade in Belfast is not needed. He said any such parade by the British Army would cause grave offense to the relatives of those killed by British Army actions, whether it was in Afghanistan, Iraq or Ireland.

Speaking on the issue councillor Kelly said said:

"The record of the British Army in Ireland, as in Iraq and Afghanistan isn't one to be celebrated or glorified. Many relatives have seen loved ones killed as a result of collusion, shoot to kill and other such activities undertaken by the British army. Many more have first hand experience of the torture and intimidation that was meted out.

"Sinn Féin are opposed to this parade and our councillors in Belfast have voted down a request for a previous parade. We now know that such a parade will go ahead regardless. This is a recipe for disaster.

"This parade will cause grave offense to the relatives of those killed and injured as a result of British Army actions, particularly in Ireland. Indeed my own brother was killed by the British Army in 1974. This event due to take place in Belfast is an unnecessary and pointless exercise.