Nelson McCausland MLA (Democratic Unionist Party - Constituency: North Belfast). A personal blog in which I comment on a wide variety of issues, political, cultural, social, historical and religious. If something takes my attention, then I may well comment on it.
Saturday, 14 July 2012
GARC and the Ardoyne riots (5)
The march organised by Greater Ardoyne Residents Collective (GARC) on 12 July had a banner at the front.
The same image appears on a wall mural in Ardoyne and it provides a clue to the nature of GARC.
The mural takes the issue of parades and links it to a wider political agenda, which is summed up in '1969 OLD STORMONT 2011 NEW STORMONT - NOTHING HAS CHANGED'. This is a direct attack on the current political arrangements in Northern Ireland and reflects the views of dissident republicans who do not accept the legitimacy of the Northern Ireland Assembly, or the principle of consent or the legitimacy of the PSNI.
GARC claims that it is 'a non party-political residents group' and it is indeed non-party-political but it is very political and the mural proves that those who are organising and orchestrating the groups are dissident republicans. The GARC leadership is actually a coalition of dissident republican factions and so is not party-political but it is firmly rooted in dissident republicanism and this mural serves to illustrate that fact.