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Huge security presence sees 1916 Easter Rising march in Belfast passes off peacefully

By Rebecca Black

Published 25/04/2016

Pacemaker press 24/04/2016 A North Belfast 1916 easter rising parade makes its way through Belfast City centre while loyalist's hold a protest against it. Some route's into the city were blocked off as a heavy police presence was in situation to keep the two groups apart. Picture Pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 24/04/2016 A North Belfast 1916 easter rising parade makes its way through Belfast City centre while loyalist's hold a protest against it. Some route's into the city were blocked off as a heavy police presence was in situation to keep the two groups apart. Picture Pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 24/04/2016 A North Belfast 1916 easter rising parade makes its way through Belfast City centre while loyalist's hold a protest against it. Some route's into the city were blocked off as a heavy police presence was in situation to keep the two groups apart. Picture Pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 24/04/2016 A North Belfast 1916 easter rising parade makes its way through Belfast City centre while loyalist's hold a protest against it. Some route's into the city were blocked off as a heavy police presence was in situation to keep the two groups apart. Picture Pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 24/04/2016 A North Belfast 1916 easter rising parade makes its way through Belfast City centre while loyalist's hold a protest against it. Some route's into the city were blocked off as a heavy police presence was in situation to keep the two groups apart. Picture Pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 24/04/2016 A North Belfast 1916 easter rising parade makes its way through Belfast City centre while loyalist's hold a protest against it. Some route's into the city were blocked off as a heavy police presence was in situation to keep the two groups apart. Picture Pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 24/04/2016 A North Belfast 1916 easter rising parade makes its way through Belfast City centre while loyalist's hold a protest against it. Some route's into the city were blocked off as a heavy police presence was in situation to keep the two groups apart. Picture Pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 24/04/2016 A North Belfast 1916 easter rising parade makes its way through Belfast City centre while loyalist's hold a protest against it. Some route's into the city were blocked off as a heavy police presence was in situation to keep the two groups apart. Picture Pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 24/04/2016 A North Belfast 1916 easter rising parade makes its way through Belfast City centre while loyalist's hold a protest against it. Some route's into the city were blocked off as a heavy police presence was in situation to keep the two groups apart. Picture Pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 24/04/2016 A North Belfast 1916 easter rising parade makes its way through Belfast City centre while loyalist's hold a protest against it. Some route's into the city were blocked off as a heavy police presence was in situation to keep the two groups apart. Picture Pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 24/04/2016 A North Belfast 1916 easter rising parade makes its way through Belfast City centre while loyalist's hold a protest against it. Some route's into the city were blocked off as a heavy police presence was in situation to keep the two groups apart. Picture Pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 24/04/2016 A North Belfast 1916 easter rising parade makes its way through Belfast City centre while loyalist's hold a protest against it. Some route's into the city were blocked off as a heavy police presence was in situation to keep the two groups apart. Picture Pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 24/04/2016 A French bulldog looks on as a North Belfast 1916 easter rising parade makes its way through Belfast City centre while loyalist's hold a protest against it. Some route's into the city were blocked off as a heavy police presence was in situation to keep the two groups apart. Picture Pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 24/04/2016 A North Belfast 1916 easter rising parade makes its way through Belfast City centre while loyalist's hold a protest against it. Some route's into the city were blocked off as a heavy police presence was in situation to keep the two groups apart. Picture Pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 24/04/2016 A North Belfast 1916 easter rising parade makes its way through Belfast City centre while loyalist's hold a protest against it. Some route's into the city were blocked off as a heavy police presence was in situation to keep the two groups apart. Picture Pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 24/04/2016 A North Belfast 1916 easter rising parade makes its way through Belfast City centre while loyalist's hold a protest against it. Some route's into the city were blocked off as a heavy police presence was in situation to keep the two groups apart. Picture Pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 24/04/2016 A North Belfast 1916 easter rising parade makes its way through Belfast City centre while loyalist's hold a protest against it. Some route's into the city were blocked off as a heavy police presence was in situation to keep the two groups apart. Picture Pacemaker press
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 24th April 2016 Republican 1916 commemoration parade and loyalist protest takes place on Royal Avenue in Belfast City Centre. The parade was making its way to Milltown Cemetery in west Belfast for an event to mark the date the 1916 Easter Rising started in Dublin. The parade makes its way past the loyalist protest. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 24th April 2016 Republican 1916 commemoration parade and loyalist protest takes place on Royal Avenue in Belfast City Centre. The parade was making its way to Milltown Cemetery in west Belfast for an event to mark the date the 1916 Easter Rising started in Dublin. Police lead in the loyalist protest before the parade. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 24th April 2016 Republican 1916 commemoration parade and loyalist protest takes place on Royal Avenue in Belfast City Centre. The parade was making its way to Milltown Cemetery in west Belfast for an event to mark the date the 1916 Easter Rising started in Dublin. Police lead in the loyalist protest before the parade. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 24th April 2016 A republican 1916 commemoration parade makes its way past a loyalist protest on Royal Avenue in Belfast City Centre. The parade was making its way to Milltown Cemetery in west Belfast for an event to mark the date the 1916 Easter Rising started in Dublin. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Picture - Kevin Scott Belfast , UK - April 24, Pictured is the 1916 Easter Commemoration parade as it passes through Belfast City Centre amid a huge policing operation on April 24, 2016 Bangor , Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott )
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 24th April 2016 Republican 1916 commemoration parade and loyalist protest takes place on Royal Avenue in Belfast City Centre. The parade was making its way to Milltown Cemetery in west Belfast for an event to mark the date the 1916 Easter Rising started in Dublin. The parade makes its way past the loyalist protest. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 24th April 2016 Republican 1916 commemoration parade and loyalist protest takes place on Royal Avenue in Belfast City Centre. The parade was making its way to Milltown Cemetery in west Belfast for an event to mark the date the 1916 Easter Rising started in Dublin. The parade makes its way past the loyalist protest. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 24th April 2016 Republican 1916 commemoration parade and loyalist protest takes place on Royal Avenue in Belfast City Centre. The parade was making its way to Milltown Cemetery in west Belfast for an event to mark the date the 1916 Easter Rising started in Dublin. The parade makes its way past the loyalist protest. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 24th April 2016 Republican 1916 commemoration parade and loyalist protest takes place on Royal Avenue in Belfast City Centre. The parade was making its way to Milltown Cemetery in west Belfast for an event to mark the date the 1916 Easter Rising started in Dublin. The parade makes its way past the loyalist protest. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 24th April 2016 Republican 1916 commemoration parade and loyalist protest takes place on Royal Avenue in Belfast City Centre. The parade was making its way to Milltown Cemetery in west Belfast for an event to mark the date the 1916 Easter Rising started in Dublin. The parade makes its way past the loyalist protest. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 24th April 2016 Republican 1916 commemoration parade and loyalist protest takes place on Royal Avenue in Belfast City Centre. The parade was making its way to Milltown Cemetery in west Belfast for an event to mark the date the 1916 Easter Rising started in Dublin. The parade makes its way past the loyalist protest. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 24th April 2016 Republican 1916 commemoration parade and loyalist protest takes place on Royal Avenue in Belfast City Centre. The parade was making its way to Milltown Cemetery in west Belfast for an event to mark the date the 1916 Easter Rising started in Dublin. Police seal off the city centre. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 24th April 2016 Republican 1916 commemoration parade and loyalist protest takes place on Royal Avenue in Belfast City Centre. The parade was making its way to Milltown Cemetery in west Belfast for an event to mark the date the 1916 Easter Rising started in Dublin. Police seal off the city centre. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 24th April 2016 Republican 1916 commemoration parade and loyalist protest takes place on Royal Avenue in Belfast City Centre. The parade was making its way to Milltown Cemetery in west Belfast for an event to mark the date the 1916 Easter Rising started in Dublin. The parade makes its way to the city centre. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 24th April 2016 A republican 1916 commemoration parade makes its way past a loyalist protest on Royal Avenue in Belfast City Centre. The parade was making its way to Milltown Cemetery in west Belfast for an event to mark the date the 1916 Easter Rising started in Dublin. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 24th April 2016 A republican 1916 commemoration parade makes its way past a loyalist protest on Royal Avenue in Belfast City Centre. The parade was making its way to Milltown Cemetery in west Belfast for an event to mark the date the 1916 Easter Rising started in Dublin. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 24th April 2016 Republican 1916 commemoration parade and loyalist protest takes place on Royal Avenue in Belfast City Centre. The parade was making its way to Milltown Cemetery in west Belfast for an event to mark the date the 1916 Easter Rising started in Dublin. Police lead in the loyalist protest before the parade. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 24th April 2016 Republican 1916 commemoration parade and loyalist protest takes place on Royal Avenue in Belfast City Centre. The parade was making its way to Milltown Cemetery in west Belfast for an event to mark the date the 1916 Easter Rising started in Dublin. Police seal off the city centre. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Pacemaker press 24/04/2016 A North Belfast 1916 easter rising parade makes its way through Belfast City centre while loyalist's hold a protest against it. Some route's into the city were blocked off as a heavy police presence was in situation to keep the two groups apart. Picture Pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 24/04/2016 A North Belfast 1916 easter rising parade makes its way through Belfast City centre while loyalist's hold a protest against it. Some route's into the city were blocked off as a heavy police presence was in situation to keep the two groups apart. Picture Pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 24/04/2016 A North Belfast 1916 easter rising parade makes its way through Belfast City centre while loyalist's hold a protest against it. Some route's into the city were blocked off as a heavy police presence was in situation to keep the two groups apart. Picture Pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 24/04/2016 A North Belfast 1916 easter rising parade makes its way through Belfast City centre while loyalist's hold a protest against it. Some route's into the city were blocked off as a heavy police presence was in situation to keep the two groups apart. Picture Pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 24/04/2016 A North Belfast 1916 easter rising parade makes its way through Belfast City centre while loyalist's hold a protest against it. Some route's into the city were blocked off as a heavy police presence was in situation to keep the two groups apart. Picture Pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 24/04/2016 A North Belfast 1916 easter rising parade makes its way through Belfast City centre while loyalist's hold a protest against it. Some route's into the city were blocked off as a heavy police presence was in situation to keep the two groups apart. Picture Pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 24/04/2016 A North Belfast 1916 easter rising parade makes its way through Belfast City centre while loyalist's hold a protest against it. Some route's into the city were blocked off as a heavy police presence was in situation to keep the two groups apart. Picture Pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 24/04/2016 A North Belfast 1916 easter rising parade makes its way through Belfast City centre while loyalist's hold a protest against it. Some route's into the city were blocked off as a heavy police presence was in situation to keep the two groups apart. Picture Pacemaker press
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
Pacemaker press 24/04/2016 A North Belfast 1916 easter rising parade makes its way through Belfast City centre while loyalist's hold a protest against it. Some route's into the city were blocked off as a heavy police presence was in situation to keep the two groups apart. Picture Pacemaker press

The PSNI has defended its massive security operation that effectively closed down the heart of Belfast city centre yesterday for several hours ahead of a republican parade.

From early morning police worked to secure the parade route, including Royal Avenue, with officers limiting access to the public.

Many access streets leading on to Royal Avenue were blocked with steel barricades by around 10am.

The parade, organised by the North Belfast 1916 Easter Rising Centenary Committee, started at 10.45am in the New Lodge area and passed along North Queen Street to the city centre.

It was led by a line of women carrying photographs of the leaders of the Easter Rising, which took place in Dublin a century ago.

Many participating in the Belfast parade carried republican flags.

Marchers were accompanied by Carrickhill Independent Flute Band.

On Donegall Street a single drum beat was played in respect of a church service taking place.

As the parade moved on to Royal Avenue it passed by a loyalist protest.

There was jeering from both sides as marchers passed the demonstration organised by the Loyal People's Protest and Protestant Coalition.

However, there were no incidents of violence.

A number of other republican parades took place on the Falls Road yesterday.

The largest was attended by an estimated 1,000 people and also passed off peacefully. The republican march was followed yesterday afternoon by an Orange Order parade in the city centre.

It was organised by the City of Belfast Loyal Orange Widows' Fund.

The parade started on the Crumlin Road at 2.30pm and walked along Donegall Street to Royal Avenue before makings its way to the Shankill area for a church service.

Marchers later staged a return parade. A number of Carrick Hill residents staged a protest.

PSNI Superintendent Darrin Jones said he was pleased at how the day had gone. "The aim 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 it has passed.

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

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