Published Sunday, 25 August 2013
Nationalists and loyalists gathered at opposite ends of the same street to protest about each other's marches on Sunday afternoon.
The Belfast Grand Black Chapter parade, which walked along a contentious route outside St Patrick's Catholic Church on Donegall Street, passed off without incident.
Five lodges and two bands were involved in the march, while three nationalist protests were also allowed near the contentious section of the route. No Parades Commission determinations were broken.
The parade later returned without incident.
Meanwhile, around 200 people and two bands also took part in a republican parade led by the Henry Joy McCracken flute band.
A Parades Commission determination ruled that those marching would not be allowed to proceed past the junction of Victoria Parade and were rerouted away from Clifton Street.
They were to make their way to the graveyard at Henry Place via Carlisle Road and return along the same route - but instead they dispersed at the New Lodge.
A large crowds of loyalist protestors waving flags and banners had gathered at Clifton Street Orange Hall.
The Greater Concerned Residents Group Belfast and Concerned Residents Group Shankill, had applied to hold counter-protests. Only 20 participants were allowed to take part.
The restrictions were imposed after 56 police officers were injured in clashes with loyalists following an anti-internment rally on 9 August.
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