Orange Lodge members belt out a song about a murdered Catholic girl, the audience cheers and laughs.
n An orange band smashes a dormitory.
Signs on mega bonfires from Belfast to Derry, ‘Kill all Catholics’, ‘Kill all Taigs’, ‘The only good Fenian is a dead man’, ‘We’re not racists, we just don’t like n*****s’ , “All Taigs are Targets” and many other heartwarming messages.
Make-up artists at the bonfires draw KAT (Kill all Taigs) on the children’s foreheads. A celebration of culture.
Newstalk reporter Barry Whyte came north to cover the celebrations. An elderly US tourist told him they reminded him of the Ku Klux Klan in the 1950s and 1960s. Whyte ended his report with the words: “Eleventh Night bonfires. This isn’t a culture. This is a hate festival.”
Whyte was shocked by what he found. Nobody is up here.
One of the biggest fires is in Carrickfergus, outside of Belfast. A chilling effigy of mother-of-two Michelle O’Neill hung from a protruding beam. Beside her is a disturbing, lifelike likeness of the Alliance’s leader, Naomi Long. On the other side a similar effigy of Mary Lou McDonald.
The next day, Long said she was “physically ill.”
She tweeted: “These are photos of a fun children’s day by this fire our likenesses hang from. Some local businesses even sponsored it. What kind of parent would see that and think it’s acceptable?
“This smoldering hatred and sectarianism not only persists in our community, but is passed on to the next generation quite normally.”
The Kilcooley Mega Bonfire in Bangor was another mountain of sectarianism.
Next to it a smaller, equally disgusting children’s fire. At the children’s party in Ballymoney, pictures were shared on social media of a proud mum helping her young son to light a poster of Aontu politician Gemma Brolly.
Next to it, the grown-up campfire was an Eiffel Tower of hate. The Ballybeen Mega Bonfire in East Belfast, Carnany in North Antrim, Drumahoe in Derry/Londonderry, Dungannon (many GAA flags on this one for added colour), Ballymacash in Lisburn, Clooney Estate in Derry and many others followed the same pattern.
The gigantic Glencairn bonfire in Belfast, 10 minutes from me, carried a huge ‘Kill all Taigs’ sign, several Irish flags and placards of political representatives from the Alliance, People before Profit, SDLP and Sinn Féin.
On July 10, the Glencairn Committee posted an advertisement online – “Mini fun day and bonfire for the children getting ready for tomorrow, hope to see you all there” – with a picture of children enjoying the previous year’s children’s bonfire enjoy, with Irish flag on it.
The Cregagh mega bonfire carried 20ft by 10ft placards that read “All Taigs are Targets” and “Michelle O’Neill Fenian Slut”. In Highfield “kill all Catholics”. In Antrim, “Keep Antrim Tidy: we’re not racists, we just don’t want cotton pickers here”.
During the Twelfth Main Parade in Belfast, a band gathered in the city center in broad daylight and chanted ‘I’d rather be a Paki than a Taig.’ The crowd clapped and cheered and laughed.
The video has been posted online and has nearly 250,000 views at the time of writing.
Shortly before, the Bangor Protestant Boys Flute Band, escorted by two police officers, were marching through campus when a drunk-looking student half-heartedly threw a small food recycling caddy onto the pavement as he drove past.
The band immediately swarmed throughout the house, attacking the front door and throwing a trash can through the front bay window.
A student across the street recorded the whole thing on her cell phone. It now has 11 million views. She can be heard saying in shock, “Oh my god, oh my god, oh my god” as the attack unfolds.
A statement was released the next day on behalf of the band, stating: “The band has shown remarkable restraint. Unfortunately, in the confusion following the band’s attack, an object shattered the ‘public property’ window before calling for ‘nationalist politicians to show leadership to end sectarian hatred, intolerance and violence’.
Not a single DUP or TÜV politician has condemned this.
Sammy Wilson, the East Antrim MP who once described Nationalist voters as “subhuman scum”, heartily congratulated “the team behind the campfire at Craigyhill”.
Never mind that around the bonfire that lines the property are signs adorned with loyalist paramilitary logos: “Ulster Freedom Fighters”, “No Surrender”, “Craigyhill Battalion UFF” and so on.
Arlene Foster came up north with GB News and did a beautiful Disney princess-esque production. Sir Jeffrey Donaldson tweeted images of The Glorious Twelfth. Not a word of rejection.
Silence is not an option
There was also not a single criticism from the new NI foreign minister, Shailesh Vara – which is perhaps not so surprising given that a junior official in Stormont claimed that on a previous visit to the North Shailesh had asked him if he needed a passport, to get him to Derri.
On the union side, only UUP leader Doug Beattie – a man of honor and integrity – condemned it all, describing the effigies as “absolutely abhorrent” and the placards and bonfire placards as “absolutely disgraceful”.
“Silence is not an option,” he said.
Among the big hitters of unionism, Doug is a lone voice. His integrity meant he nearly lost his seat in the last election and scratched his way into the final count.
Doug is right. Silence is not an option. For RTE. Or the BBC. Or the Tories. Or Fine Gael. Or Fianna Fail. Or anyone else.
Successive Tory governments have used the union parties for their own ends, promoting their sectarianism, racism, misogyny and homophobia and buying them knighthoods and peerages.
Meanwhile, successive Irish governments, backed by largely compliant southern media, have mollified and empowered them, crudely exploiting the riots in a vain attempt to thwart the rise of Sinn Féin.
Instead of dealing honestly and resolutely with the problem, it has been allowed to sink into a dystopia where it is perfectly normal to paint “Kill all Catholics” on a child’s face, to hang up images of female politicians and to prevent the formation of a government – because you lost an election to Taigs.
https://www.independent.ie/opinion/comment/bonfire-culture-teaches-the-next-generation-of-children-who-to-hate-41845598.html Campfire ‘culture’ teaches the next generation of kids who to hate