Large police operation at housing march

Published Saturday, 01 February 2014
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Police mounted a large scale security operation in Belfast city centre ahead of a civil rights demonstration in Belfast which aimed to highlight housing "inequality".

Large police operation at housing march
Large numbers of police swarmed part of the city centre. (© Presseye)

Large numbers of police gathered in the Donegall Avenue area of the city ahead of the lunchtime parade.

Royal Avenue was closed between Donegall Street and North Street for a period during the parade.

The event was organised by the North Belfast Civil Rights' Association.

Its aim, organisers said, was to "highlight inequality in housing" in nationalist areas.

The rally also called for more leisure facilities to be provided in those areas.

A small loyalist protest was held on Royal Avenue during the march.

The demonstration passed off without incident, police said.

© UTV News
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14 Comments
stephen in belfast wrote (169 days ago):
wow we can now protest about anything maybe i,ll hold my own protest i need a 3 bedroom not 6 just 3 then again maybe they dont do 6 bedrooms were i am
Tom in Belfast wrote (169 days ago):
What exactly were the loyalists protesting about this time?
darrell in londonderry wrote (170 days ago):
We living in 2014 or 1974?
Linda in NI wrote (170 days ago):
Will the name and address of this parade's organiser be released?where's the public outcry about the disruption caused for the city traders? And finally how much did it cost to police this parade?
dom in ni wrote (170 days ago):
Greedy landlords. They took advantage of housing benefit, took advantage of people on benefits,took advantage of everything...
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