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Heavy policing operation for republican parade on Sunday was 'proportionate' say police

Published 24/04/2016

A major security operation took place in Belfast on Sunday morning ahead of a republican Easter Rising parade Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
A major security operation took place in Belfast on Sunday morning ahead of a republican Easter Rising parade Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
A major security operation took place in Belfast on Sunday morning ahead of a republican Easter Rising parade Picture Pacemaker press
Major security operation in Belfast city centre on Sunday morning ahead of a republican Easter Rising parade (Photo by Kevin Scott)
Republican Easter Rising parade on North Queen Street Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Republican Easter Rising parade on North Queen Street Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Republican Easter Rising parade on North Queen Street Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Loyalists protest on Royal Avenue as a republican Easter Rising parade passes Picture - Kevin Scott
Republican parade passing Loyalist protest on Royal Avenue Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Republican parade passing Loyalist protest on Royal Avenue Photo by Kevin Scott
Republican parade passing Loyalist protest on Royal Avenue Photo by Kevin Scott
Republican parade passing Loyalist protest on Royal Avenue Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEyePhoto by Kevin Scott

A major security operation took place in Belfast city centre on Sunday morning as republicans staged an Easter Rising parade.

Another security operation took place on Sunday afternoon as an Orange Order parade took place through Belfast city centre.

Both passed off without incident.

This evening the PSNI has welcomed what it has termed the "peaceful outcome of today's events in Belfast".

PSNI Superintendent Darrin Jones said he is pleased with the outcome.

"The aim of today’s police operation was to ensure the safety of everyone involved," he said.

"We had an appropriate and proportionate operation in place and I am very pleased with how the day has passed.

"The efforts made by community representatives and event organisers showed a real willingness to ensure all events passed off peacefully."

Police land rovers lined Royal Avenue on Sunday morning with many streets leading on to the road blocked off with steel barriers.

The North Belfast 1916 Easter Rising Centenary Committee parade started at 10.45am in the New Lodge and passed along North Queen Street to Donegall Street where they played a single drum beat in respect of a church service taking place.

Major security operation in Belfast city centre on Sunday morning ahead of a republican Easter Rising parade
(Photo by Kevin Scott)
Major security operation in Belfast city centre on Sunday morning ahead of a republican Easter Rising parade (Photo by Kevin Scott)
Major security operation in Belfast city centre on Sunday morning ahead of a republican Easter Rising parade (Photo by Kevin Scott)
Major security operation in Belfast city centre on Sunday morning ahead of a republican Easter Rising parade (Photo by Kevin Scott)Picture Pacemaker press
Major security operation in Belfast city centre on Sunday morning ahead of a republican Easter Rising parade Picture Pacemaker press
Major security operation in Belfast city centre on Sunday morning ahead of a republican Easter Rising parade Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Major security operation in Belfast city centre on Sunday morning ahead of a republican Easter Rising parade Picture Pacemaker press
Major security operation in Belfast city centre on Sunday morning ahead of a republican Easter Rising parade (Photo by Kevin Scott)
Major security operation in Belfast city centre on Sunday morning ahead of a republican Easter Rising parade (Photo by Kevin Scott)
Major security operation in Belfast city centre on Sunday morning ahead of a republican Easter Rising parade (Photo by Kevin Scott)
Major security operation in Belfast city centre on Sunday morning ahead of a republican Easter Rising parade (Photo by Kevin Scott)
Major security operation in Belfast city centre on Sunday morning ahead of a republican Easter Rising parade (Photo by Kevin Scott)
Major security operation in Belfast city centre on Sunday morning ahead of a republican Easter Rising parade (Photo by Kevin Scott)
Major security operation in Belfast city centre on Sunday morning ahead of a republican Easter Rising parade (Photo by Kevin Scott)

It then moved on to Royal Avenue where it passed a loyalist counter protest.

There was jeering as the parade passed the protest organised by the Loyal People's Protest and Protestant Coalition.

However the event passed peacefully amid a heavy police presence.

A number of republican parades are taking place across Ireland today to mark 100 years since the Easter Rising took place in Dublin.

Last month an official Irish State event took place on Easter Sunday to mark the centenary of the rebellion in which Irish republicans attempted to overthrow British rule by force.

Meanwhile an Orange Order parade took place on Royal Avenue on Sunday afternoon.

The City of Belfast Loyal Orange Widows' Fund paraded from the Crumlin Road at 2.30pm and will pass along Donegall Street and Royal Avenue amid a strong police presence.

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