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In Pictures: Easter Rising parade to Belfast's Milltown Cemetery

Thousands of people turned out on the streets of Belfast for annual Easter parades.

The Apprentice Boys of Derry annual parade in north  Belfast passed off without incident at Ardoyne, Carrickhill and St Patrick's Church on Donegal Street.

Meanwhile, Sinn Fein's Gerry Kelly used the Easter commemoration at Milltown Cemetery in west Belfast to criticise dissident republicans involved in terrorism.

"They have no right to carry out armed actions, the vast majority of which are directed against unarmed civilians, in the name of Irish republicanism.

"These small groups are not the IRA. The IRA fought a war against State combatant forces and fought it to a conclusion," said Mr Kelly.

He added that the party is "standing firm against policies, which seek to cut our public services and force our citizens into further hardship".

On Saturday live shots were fired by a Continuity IRA gunman during an Easter terror display at a Co Armagh cemetery.

Masked dissident republicans took over St Coleman’s Cemetery in Lurgan for Easter Rising Commemorations, during which one of its members made a speech vowing that there would be “no let up in the resistance to British rule”.

Their show of strength was held just a few miles from where the terror group murdered PSNI Constable Stephen Carroll as he responded to an emergency call in the nearby Lismore Estate in 2009.

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