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Nazi swastika tattooed man takes part in Belfast Somme commemoration parade

This is the man who sported a Nazi swastika tattoo while taking part in a Somme commemoration in Belfast.

He paraded on Saturday in memory of thousands of men from the 36th Ulster Division who fought and died in the 1916 battle.

While the suited man was keen to show his solidarity with the British troops of World War One, his loyalties appeared divided over World War 2.

The swastika tattoo on his neck was clearly visible over the collar of his white shirt, suggesting support for Nazi leader Adolf Hitler.

The badges on his lapel were more conventional for a loyalist hardliner: a Red Hand of Ulster, a poppy and the emblems of the UVF and Red Hand Commando paramilitary groups.

One bystander said: “You would have thought that eejit would at least have worn a scarf today to cover up that swastika tattoo for the parade.

"He needs to go and get that disgrace sorted out.”

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Thousands of loyalists marched through Belfast at the weekend to mark the centenary of the Battle of the Somme.

A number of leading UVF men took part, sporting armbands that referred to the battalions that formed part of the 36th Ulster Division.

Men in First World War-style uniforms carried replica guns, alongside a group of women dressed in nurses’ uniforms, complete with capes trimmed in red. The Women’s Land Army was also commemorated.

The ‘2016 Committee’ organised the parade and a re-enactment to commemorate the anniversary and remember those who lost their lives in the battle.

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