Inviting people to come from 'North and South' with hurley sticks and to come in large numbers, at the same time as the band parade, is hardly conducive to a peaceful evening. It is clear what these people have in mind and it is clear that it would be impossible to reach an accommodation with them.
However they are obviously very close to the 'local 1916 society' and state that 'Rasharkin Residents Collective and the local 1916 society are the cutting edge of the resistance which has stopped Orange Feed (sic) in Sunnyside. Other community groups and Sinn Fein are practicing (sic) the art of compromise with Parades Commission and PSNI/RUC whilst their neighbours are attacked.'
The antipathy between mainstream republicans and dissident republicans is plain to see and it seems that in Rasharkin the two groups are openly fighting each other. They have a burnt out car video on their page and claim that this was done by loyalists but I have been told by a local person that this was the result of fighting between the two republican groups on Tuesday evening. The PSNI will of course be investigating the episode and time will tell but we do know that in North Belfast there have been a number of attacks on vehicles and property belonging to members of Sinn Fein and the finger has been pointed at dissident elements within the republican community.
When Sinn Fein started their campaign to demonise and attack the Loyal Orders they created a monster and it is one that they can no longer control. Now it is a monster that not only attacks the Orange Order and the bands - it is a monster that is turning on them as well.