Po­lice show of force for pa­rade

The Irish Times - - Home News - AMANDA FER­GU­SON

There was a sig­nif­i­cant po­lice pres­ence in Belfast city cen­tre on Satur­day as sev­eral hun­dred repub­li­cans took part in the End In­tern­ment pa­rade.

But the Anti-In­tern­ment League event through the city cen­tre streets passed off peace­fully. And while repub­li­cans and loy­al­ists among the pa­rade and coun­ter­protest ex­changed in­sults, the Po­lice Ser­vice of North­ern Ire­land said there was no vi­o­lence or ar­rests.

The Pa­rades Com­mis­sion, which pre­vi­ously re­stricted the march, al­lowed it to be­gin at Writ­ers Square and on to City Hall, with the re­turn leg out of town via Cas­tle Street. Up to 40 loy­al­ists, in­clud­ing In­de­pen­dent union­ist Cllr Jo­lene Bunting who de­clined to talk to the me­dia, held a coun­ter­protest on Royal Av­enue.

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