LOYALIST PROTEST IN NORTH BELFAST

Orangmen returning to north Belfast on the Twelfth of July

Orangmen returning to north Belfast on the Twelfth of July

A peaceful loyalist protest is taking place in north Belfast.

Over 100 people gathered at Twaddell Avenue on Sunday afternoon.

They are lining the middle of the road in what is known as a ‘white line protest’.

Some are carrying flags and banners.

It comes after the Parades Commission ruled that an Orange Order parade could not pass through the nationalist Ardoyne area on the Twelfth of July.

Bands and lodges were stopped by police at Twaddell Avenue.

Ugly scenes followed as the PSNI came under attack with missiles. A total of 32 officers were injured during six hours of rioting.

The Orange Order had called for protests against the Parades Commission’s ruling however this call was suspended in the wake of the violence.

 

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