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Britain Calls for Calm at N.Ireland Parades

Britain appealed for calm when thousands of Northern Ireland’s majority Protestants march on Monday to mark the climax of annual parades celebrating centuries-old battlefield victories over Roman Catholics. Angry Protestant politicians met Britain’s Northern Ireland Secretary Paul Murphy on Sunday to protest against restrictions imposed on a contentious parade in Belfast by the Orange Order, the British province’s largest Protestant brotherhood. “I would urge all political and community representatives to redouble their efforts in the coming days of heightened tensions,” Murphy said in a statement. “I understand the frustrations of many involved, but it is in the interests of everyone in Northern Ireland to be able to enjoy a peaceful and dignified Twelfth of July.” Full Story

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