On 31 May, a children's cross-community concert at St John's Catholic Church was disrupted by Portadown Orangemen beating Lambeg drums, allegedly trying to drown it out. A strong loyalist mob hurled missiles and sectarian abuse while preventing families from leaving the College. The security forces were deployed but did not disperse the mob or make arrests.
On 16 June, Catholic workers at Denny's factory in Portadown walked-out after placards carrying sectarian slogans were erected near the main entrance. The week before, loyalists had thrown missiles at Catholics leaving the factory. The placards were removed shortly after. The work stopped, leaving the nationalist area vulnerable to attack. In July, it was revealed that members of neo-Nazi group Combat 18 were travelling from England to join the Orangemen at Drumcree.
The Drumcree march took place on Sunday 2 July. It was again banned from Garvaghy Road and the nationalist area was sealed off with barricades. This was their first deployment in Northern Ireland for over 30 years. In an interview on 7 July, Harold Gracey refused to condemn the violence linked to the protests, saying "Gerry Adams doesn't condemn violence so I'll not". Along with another group, they then tried to march on Garvaghy Road from both ends, but were held back by police.
That night, 21 police officers were hurt during clashes with loyalists. On 14 July, Portadown Orangemen's calls for another day of widespread protest went unheeded as the Armagh and Grand Lodges refused to support their calls. Businesses remained open and only a handful of roads were blocked for a short time. The security barriers were removed and soldiers returned to barracks.
Since July , the Orangemen have applied to march the traditional route every Sunday of the year — both the outward leg via Obins Street which has been banned since and the return leg via Garvaghy Road. In February , loyalists held protests on the lower Garvaghy Road as part of the run-up to "day " of the standoff.
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Some protesters also attacked a car with four women inside. There was further violence in May On 5 May, Orangemen and supporters tried to march on to Garvaghy Road but were stopped by police. There were some scuffles between Orangemen and police officers. District Master Harold Gracey drew controversy when he said to the police officers: "We all know where you come from On 27 May there were clashes between nationalists and police after a junior Orange march on the lower Garvaghy Road.
The Portadown Orange Lodge claimed that it was powerless to stop such people from gathering and that they could not be held responsible for their actions. Nevertheless, David Jones the Lodge's spokesman said that he welcomed any support.
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She said that the Orangemen would not speak to the GRRC because of Mac Cionnaith's "terrorist past", yet they are "quite happy to associate with people who have a terrorist present". Since Drumcree has been relatively calm, with outside support for the Portadown lodges' campaign declining and the violence lessening greatly. Mac Cionnaith said that he believes the conflict is essentially over. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Portadown , Northern Ireland. Further information: The Troubles in Portadown. Main article: nationalist riots in Northern Ireland.
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