Published Monday, 07 October 2013
On Saturday, the Orange Order held its weekly protest against Parades Commission determinations blocking three of its lodges from marching past the Ardoyne shops since the Twelfth.
County Grand Secretary, William Mawhinney, told the assembled crowd: "When the time is right we will probably upscale our protests.
"And that's just what we intend to do.
"Upscale them. Upscale them.
"Upscale them right up and up into civil disobedience if that's what it takes."
Local DUP MLA Nelson McCausland shared the platform at Saturday's protest.
On Monday the Social Development Minister told UTV that all protests should be peaceful and legal.
We live in a democratic society. We don't live in a fascist state and for 80 days people have protested in a way that is entirely peaceful.
"And that's the way it should remain and I commend them for the peacefulness of the protests and may that continue always in that same manner," he added.
In a statement, the Orange Order said: "The institution remains committed to peacefully and resolutely maintaining the ongoing presence at Twaddell Avenue until the three Ligoniel lodges complete their traditional Twelfth parade."
A PUP representative has told UTV that further face-to-face talks with nationalist residents could be on the cards.
Sinn Féin has said talks need to happen soon.
Councillor Gerard McCabe said: "After the comments that were made at the weekend in relation to civil disobedience and upping the ante in relation to the protest, the right way forward is talks and that needs to happen sooner rather than later."
It was the first protest since the Order announced what it called its Twaddell Initiative last month.
The Order said that should the parade be allowed to go ahead along the contentious stretch of the route in the morning, it would begin negotiations with residents for next year's march.
However, the offer was rejected by nationalist politicians and residents' groups who said there should be no pre-conditions to talks.
The Parades Commission also refused the application.
© UTV News