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Loyalists apply for parade in Belfast city centre: 5,000 predicted to attend

By Chris Kilpatrick

Loyalists are set to cause disruption in the heart of Belfast with another Saturday afternoon demonstration.

A group calling itself Loyal People's Protest claimed that it expects 5,000 to take part in next month's event. However, the same group organised a similar parade last December which drew a crowd of just 300, although it had predicted 10,000.

The parade, due to take place on October 4, will include 10 loyalist bands, according to organisers.

A notification given to the Parades Commission said those taking part will set off from Belfast City Hall at 2pm.

They then plan to march along Donegall Place, High Street, Queen's Square, Queen Elizabeth Bridge, Middlepath Street, Newtownards Road, Templemore Avenue, Albertbridge Road, finishing at Cluan Place.

Traders voiced frustration at a series of similar events held in the months after the decision by Belfast City Council to restrict the number of days the Union flag is flown above City Hall. The Parades Commission is due to rule on the demonstration tomorrow.

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