"I have had families on who were out shopping yesterday and came across this disgraceful spectacle," said Councillor Middleton. "People have told me there were men marching with their faces covered with scarves or balaclavas, wearing military uniforms. One band had a image of two republican gunmen painted on their drum It is offensive and disgusting. We can not have the likes of that in what is essentially our city's shared space.
A spokesman for the Spirit of Freedom Republican Flute Band said that the march was approved by the Parades Commission and the PSNI. He said that none of the members wore masks or balaclavas and that the band hoped to replicate the march route through the city centre for their 25th anniversary next year.
"The march was dignified and well run," he told Newswire. "It was well stewarted and organised. No one was wearing masks. The Irish Republican Band Association have strict guidelines that do not permit the wearing of masks.
Row erupts after claims 'masked republicans marched in city centre' on Sunday afternoon | NewswireNI
an Irish Republican without a mask? i ask you, what is the world coming too? anyway good to see the band culture making use of the £4m Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin SPIRIT OF FREEDOM RFB – FUNDRAISER « Fiannaiochta
now obviously i wasn't there but that by no means curtails my right to be offended....
here's a wee clip
from a previous event showing the drum head which clearly breaches the PC guidelines • No dress, flags or emblems of a paramilitary style, or relating to a proscribed organisation are permitted. i hope that by exposing this youtube evidence that dawn raids by the preoffended culture police will follow...