COMMISSION GIVES GREEN LIGHT FOR LOYALIST PARADE IN BELFAST CITY CENTRE

Loyalists plan to bring 10,000 people onto the street for a parade next weekend in Belfast

Loyalists plan to bring 10,000 people onto the street for a parade next weekend in Belfast

THE Parades Commission on Wednesday has given the go-ahead for a loyalist parade in Belfast city centre next weekend.

The rally it to take place on Saturday, November 30, however, the Commission has imposed a number of restrictions.

Loyalists plan to muster 10,000 people and 40 bands ahead of the first anniversary of the Belfast City Council decision only fly the Union Jack flag on designate days.

The Parades Commission has ruled that the parade should be finished at its main assembly point Belfast City Hall by midday.

It has also ruled that the parade should be clear of the Royal Avenue/North Street by 12.30 pm on the Saturday afternoon.

The parade has been organised by the Loyal Peaceful Protesters.

The organisers have been told to provide adequate stewarding, and that there should be “no undue stoppages or delays” once the parade is in progress.

The commission said it came to its determination after representations from traders in Belfast city centre, and from the hospitality and tourism industries.

Last December, the Alliance Party compromise motion was voted through for the Union flag only to be flown on designated days.

It was followed by rioting and months of street protests across loyalist areas of Belfast and other parts of Northern Ireland.

Roads were blocked as loyalists took to the street in protest.

Hundreds of people have been arrested for riotous behaviour and breaching public order legislation.

 

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