Published Saturday, 30 June 2012
Orangemen march on Saturday as onlookers protest. (© Pacemaker)
Hundreds of Orangemen and bandsmen took part in the march on Saturday amid a heavy police presence.
A small number of members were allowed to walk on part of the predominately nationalist Springfield Road.
There was a small nationalist protest against the parade.
District Commander Chief Superintendent George Clarke said that he was "pleased and encouraged by the respectful way in which the parade and associated protests were conducted and marshalled."
He continued: "There was a very high standard of community co-operation and everyone went to great lengths to ensure the day passed off without incident.
"Balancing the rights of all interested parties is never easy. A parade like this is looked upon from many viewpoints, including those of the local residents, the marchers and the protesters."
The senior police officer said that there was no disorder and no need for police intervention which he believed to be an indication of a successful day.