Published Monday, 16 January 2012
Police attended the scene on Monday afternoon, after a number of youths were reported to be inside the disused premises on Royal Avenue shortly before 12.15pm.
A PSNI spokesman said only that enquiries were continuing.
But, in a statement, the demonstrators said: "Occupy Belfast have taken control of the Bank of Ireland on Royal Avenue in opposition to soaring homelessness, lack of affordable social housing and home repossessions."
Stating that they hoped for the "building of a housing campaign", they added: "Banks take our houses so we take their buildings. This is a repossession for the community!"
Occupy protests have been held across the world, with the most high-profile demonstrations taking place outside Wall Street in New York and St Paul's Cathedral in London.
(Pic courtesy of @AMarkRamsey)
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