Police hunt for four men who sang anti-Irish Famine Song at Orange March in Britain
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Police hunt for four men who sang anti-Irish Famine Song at Orange March in Britain

POLICE have released CCTV images of four men they want to trace after an anti-Irish ‘Famine Song’ was sung at a controversial Orange Order march.

An investigation was launched by Police Scotland after footage emerged of a group of men singing the sectarian song during the annual march in Glasgow on July 1.

Around 4,500 people in 60 bands took part in the march to celebrate King William of Orange’s victory over King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690.

Eight people were arrested at the time for alleged minor disorder and alcohol-related offences.

In a statement, a Police Scotland spokeswoman said: “Officers at Govan Police Office are looking for assistance in the identification of the men in the attached images following the Annual Boyne Parade in Glasgow on Saturday July 1 2017.

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“It is believed they may be able to assist with enquiries.”

The ‘Famine Song’ in question – which could be heard being sung in footage posted to Twitter – was ruled racist by a judge in 2009.

At the time, Lord Carroway said the song was racist as it “called upon persons of Irish descent… to leave the country because of their racial origins.”

Set to the tune of 'The John B. Sails' folk ballad, the lyrics of the song make offensive reference to the 19th century Great Hunger in Ireland.

Police have now issued an appeal for any members of the public who may know the men featured in their newly-released CCTV images to come forward.

“If you have any information in regards the identification of these men please contact Police Scotland via 101 quoting reference,” they said.

“Alternatively contact Crimestoppers in confidence on 0800 555111.”

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