300 turn out for loyalist rally

Published Saturday, 11 January 2014
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Police have estimated that around 300 people took part in a loyalist parade through Belfast city centre on Saturday afternoon.

300 turn out for loyalist rally
A loyalist protest takes place in Belfast on Saturday. (© Presseye)

The organisation Loyal Peaceful Protestors listed the purposes of the rally as policing, the flag and civil rights.

Flag protestors have been present at City Hall since changes to the days the Union flag flies there were made by the council in December 2012.

The parade left after 1pm, breaching the Parades Commission ruling that they depart City Hall no later than 12pm.

Organisers had applied to the Parades Commission for 30 bands to take part in the parade with 10,000 supporters expected to turn out.

The march was originally planned for December last year but was postponed to avoid disrupting trade in the run-up to Christmas.

© UTV News
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66 Comments
decky in belfast wrote (197 days ago):
was your king leonidas there
Michael Monaghan in Belfast wrote (198 days ago):
More Loyalists in the pubs on the Shankill last saturday lol ...
just in saying wrote (198 days ago):
The numbers maybe small but it's still obviously touching a nerve with some commentators all be it in a childish manner.
confused in NI in Belfast wrote (198 days ago):
I wonder how many will come out and protest about the shambles of our health service under Poots. I wonder how many will come out and protest against the Welfare Reforms McCausland is trying to push through. I wonder how many will come out and protest against the dismantling of NIHE and putting social housing in the hands of people looking to make a profit under McCausland. I wonder how many will come out against public sector jobs cuts. Whilst people are focusing on the flag, parades etc, which our politicians want us to focus on, they are destroying this country and dismantling our services bit by bit. Now ask yourselves what do you want for yourself & your family a flag or better education, jobs, health care, housing, a future???
henry in ireland wrote (198 days ago):
yea we loyalist just love our fleg....... well for a year and a month we do.....did.....lol talk about embarrassment, ive seen snowflakes last longer in the oven
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