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Band calls off parade after meeting

By Deric Henderson

Loyalists have called off a band parade after objections by the Chinese community in south Belfast.

The Pride of the Raven said they have withdrawn their application to march on the Donegall Pass on Saturday after a Stormont meeting with Alliance MLA Anna Lo.

Restrictions had earlier been placed on the parade by the Parades Commission after Ms Lo claimed it would be seen as an attempt to intimidate people.

But in a statement confirming the decision to call off the parade, band secretary George Spence categorically denied it was racist and an attempt to cause disruption. He said both the police and Ms Lo apologised after it was alleged that his name and address had been passed to her. The band also hit out at the Commission ruling to restrict the route.

"The Parades Commission, which has conducted a vendetta against Pride of the Raven, responded by adding fuel to the fire through slurs and innuendo," he said.

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