Published Tuesday, 14 February 2012
Wooden crosses mark the site where the shooting happened in 1976. (© UTV)
Ten Protestant workmen were shot dead by gunmen who ambushed the bus they were travelling in on their way home from work on 5 January 1976.
Eleven armed men - who used the cover name of the South Armagh Republican Action Force - forced their victims to reveal their religion before lining them up and shooting them.
The victims' Group FAIR has organised what they are calling a 'March for Justice' to commemorate the deaths 36 years ago.
But there have been claims it is aimed at stirring up sectarian tensions, as its route would take it through the mainly nationalist village of Whitecross.
Sinn Féin and the SDLP stood stand side-by-side during a meeting with the Parades Commission to discuss the matter in Belfast on Tuesday.
Dominic Bradley, SDLP MLA, said: "I think the local residents feel community relations here have been coming along and this march would be detrimental.
"We had a meeting Friday past attended by a couple of hundred residents and they were very clear that in their view this is not helpful."
Conor Murphy, Sinn Féin MP, said: "There is no history of a march through Whitecross.
"But there is no issue with the people who lost loved ones in Kingsmill commemorating that, it has happened every year since without opposition."
However Willie Frazer has denied the claims against the planned march.
"The families are behind this," Mr Frazer told UTV.
"We decided for the good of the community there would be no bands, only banners with the names.
"We are going simply as victims who have suffered over the past 40-odd years to raise awareness of what happened.
"All we are asking for is equality and justice, nothing more and nothing less, but we are not looking to demonise the Catholic community."
The Parades Commission is expected to give its ruling by Wednesday at the latest.
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