Protest held at Galloway talk in Belfast

Protest held at Galloway talk in Belfast

Pro-Israeli demonstrators have staged a protest at the Ulster Hall in Belfast over an event held by the English MP George Galloway.

The Respect MP for Bradford West, who was born in Scotland and supports the No campaign ahead of the Scottish independence referendum, held the Saturday night event in the city venue to talk about politics in the UK and abroad.The event caused controversy locally after Mr Galloway declared Bradford an "Israeli free area" during a speech at a meeting in Leeds.He was later interviewed by police over the incident.The DUP called for Belfast City Council, which manages the Ulster Hall, to cancel the event, which its representatives described as "irresponsible".However, following a review by the council, the event was given the green light.On Saturday around 200 loyalist protestors gathered outside the venue to voice their anger at the event.There was a large PSNI presence around the venue, with additional officers including riot police nearby.DUP Belfast councillor Ruth Patterson was one of those protesting against the talk.She told UTV: "Everybody is entitled to have their say, just as we are entitled to have our protest."Over 1,000 people turned up for the 'Saturday night with George Galloway' event.The protest outside the Ulster Hall passed off peacefully and police say no arrests were made. In Belfast: the meeting they couldn't ban. The people spoke in their hundreds. pic.twitter.com/zWWhDLxont— George Galloway (@georgegalloway) August 23, 2014

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