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    Thousands of people are taking part in a parade in east Belfast to mark the 100th anniversary of the foundation of the Ulster Volunteer Force.

    The UVF was set up in 1913 to oppose Home Rule.

    The parade will make its way around east Belfast before a rally at Craigavon House where the original UVF was formed.

    Organisers said between 8,000 and 10,000 people were taking part in the march.

    Many are dressed in period costumes and some are carrying replica firearms of the type smuggled into Northern Ireland to oppose home rule at that time.

    The organisers of the parade said the event was marking the founding of the historical UVF and had nothing to do with the modern-day paramilitary group.

    A rally is getting underway at Craigavon House, off the Circular Road, the former headquarters of the UVF

    Spectators are lining the route and traffic diversions have been put in place.
    BBC News - Thousands mark UVF 100th anniversary in Belfast

    Oh but unionists don't support terrorism, no sirree. Hypocrites.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ren84 View Post
    BBC News - Thousands mark UVF 100th anniversary in Belfast

    Oh but unionists don't support terrorism, no sirree. Hypocrites.

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    Half the unionist bigots who vex about a terrorist shrine and terrorists in government will be in attendence no doubt. They ate nearly as hypocritical as they are insecure.

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    How is this any different from celebrating the Easter rising?

    The story of the UVF and its subsequent role in WW 1 is woven into PUL folklore

    The ability of a small community to organise its own army - with medical and transport corps- and then arm it is something people are proud of and understandably so. The same army largely became the 36th and everyone knows what happened then.

    The only link with the UVF in 1913 and 1966 was the name. Very different organisations.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dazzler View Post
    Half the unionist bigots who vex about a terrorist shrine and terrorists in government will be in attendence no doubt. They ate nearly as hypocritical as they are insecure.
    Those people marching will likely be the same nutters who complain about unionist "oppression" and riot over a poxy flag.

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    Quote Originally Posted by caulfield View Post
    How is this any different from celebrating the Easter rising?

    The story of the UVF and its subsequent role in WW 1 is woven into PUL folklore

    The ability of a small community to organise its own army - with medical and transport corps- and then arm it is something people are proud of and understandably so. The same army largely became the 36th and everyone knows what happened then.

    The only link with the UVF in 1913 and 1966 was the name. Very different organisations.
    The UVF of 1913 were a gang of terrorists and murderers.

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    I wouldn't object to the parade as it will be in areas where people feel comfortable enough with it.
    I would point out that Unionists went ape when Republicans paraded with replica guns.
    Double standards anyone?

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    Quote Originally Posted by vivabrigada View Post
    I wouldn't object to the parade as it will be in areas where people feel comfortable enough with it.
    I would point out that Unionists went ape when Republicans paraded with replica guns.
    Double standards anyone?
    True. But unionists are hypocrites all the same for whinging about Republican parades and then go ahead with this. Next time they bleat on about "terrorist commemorations" let them be reminded of today's carnival through East Belfast.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ren84 View Post
    True. But unionists are hypocrites all the same for whinging about Republican parades and then go ahead with this. Next time they bleat on about "terrorist commemorations" let them be reminded of today's carnival through East Belfast.
    A few weeks ago some posters on here said that the Na Fianna Éireann commemoration which was confined to Ardoyne was contentious, they were formed in 1909.
    I wonder what they make of this?

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