31 March 2018
DUP Upper Bann MLA Carla Lockhart has welcomed the robust and proactive police action in preventing an illegal republican parade in Lurgan.
As in previous years republicans in Lurgan have held this illegal parade with paramilitary regalia and masked participants. This year following complaints from Unionists and Nationalists the Police allocated resources to stop this criminal activity.
Speaking on the parade Carla Lockhart said, “I very much welcome the police operation to stop this illegal parade and glorification of terrorists. I hear plenty of comments from republicans on legal Orange parades but they are strangely silent when republicans decide to march whenever they want glorifying terror in an illegal march.
It is good to see a robust operation to prevent this illegality rather than a follow up arrest operation some weeks later. I congratulate the PSNI Commanders who authorised this operation and the officers on the ground who implemented this plan effectively.”