The European Capitol of Terrorism: Belfast - VICE Travel - Part 3 of 4

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MICHAEL MOYNIHAN: The Orange Lodge in Belfast, the oldest
Protestant fraternal organization in the country,
organizes the July 12 parade.
Before the start of the march, we stopped by their
It was teeming with people from all around the
TOM HAIRE: The 12th of July is the commemorating of the 121st
anniversary of the Battle of the Boyne.
It is important to do because at the end of the day, the
Battle of the Boyne gave everyone through the world,
shall we say, civil and religious liberty.
And sometimes that liberty, at the moment, is being eroded by
different legislation, which affects some of our parade.
MICHAEL MOYNIHAN: Explain to those who would be completely
baffled by this how a bunch of Canadians come to march in an
Orange parade in Belfast.
MALE SPEAKER: My family roots here are
five generations gone.
Like, I'm a five-generation Canadian, but
all Orange, in Canada.
Canada was a big place for the Orange Order as well.
We don't say a whole lot when we come here, because
unfortunately, it's not our fight.
MICHAEL MOYNIHAN: You're not throwing paving stones at
MICHAEL MOYNIHAN: Molotov cocktails.
MALE SPEAKER: As you know, Canadians, we're probably the
most easygoing people around.
MICHAEL MOYNIHAN: The parades have just begun.
We're walking down Crumlin Road.
As you can see, I am leading the parade.
I am leaving the Prods down Crumlin road to a flash point
very close to here.
So far, there hasn't been a hitch.
There's police presence, very, very, very heavy.
And we'll see what happens.
MICHAEL MOYNIHAN: To everyone willing to talk to us, the
parade was a celebration of Protestant culture.
But increasingly, it became apparent that it was also a
celebration of that particular Ulster talent for massive
alcohol consumption.
We're about an hour into this march in Ulster, in the city
center of Belfast.
Things, according to Twitter, that we're following this on,
have passed off fairly peacefully in
all the flash points.
But the atmosphere's a bit strange.
It's a bit somber.
It's a bit grey.
It's a bit dim.
We were told last night that Protestants don't like to talk
people from the media.
So we've asked a few people to talk to us to tell us what's
going on here, and no one wants to.
So tonight is when it kicks off, and so we're just waiting
to go up to the sort of mixed areas up by Ardoyne, where it
was bad last year.
And the police presence is going to be pretty heavy.
And apparently that's when it's going to get a bit hairy.
FEMALE SPEAKER: (SINGING) We will hear the people cry, let
the POA go by, We are the pride of Ardoyne.
MALE SPEAKER 1: Well, I disagree with the march or the
parade being allowed to walk through the district that it
does walk through, the road that it walks on, because of
the symbolism that it deals with.
In one case, they would carry a banner to a UVF man who had
killed a Catholic.
That, obviously, is about more than just symbolism.
That's about rubbing your nose in it.
MALE SPEAKER 2: The Loyalist position on that would be that
it's a traditional route, it's historical.
Obviously, I believe that there does need to be
dialogue, and I think symbols and flags and songs that are
deliberately designed to be provocative, that that
certainly should be talked about.
MICHAEL MOYNIHAN: Things are going slightly gnarlier.
Packs of kids that we tried to talk to, who were drinking
bottles of straight vodka and smoking weed on the street,
got a little friendly with the camera and were a bit grabby.

MICHAEL MOYNIHAN: So we've been-- we've been marching for
a couple hours now, and we've passed city center, and I
think it's time for us to peel off here and go find some
So we're gonna get the fuck out of here, because things
are getting drunker and uglier.