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Women call for abortion rights at Belfast rally

By Michael McHugh

Belfast city centre came to a standstill on Saturday as hundreds marched to mark the previous day's International Women's Day, where they heard calls for abortion to be extended to Northern Ireland.

Hundreds paraded noisily to the City Hall, some dancing to drum beats, others chanting slogans.

Students accused Prime Minister Theresa May of breaching women's rights. Drummers led the colourful parade, and many participants wore purple associated with the day, with placards and banners highlighted issues such as domestic violence.

Many pledged Northern Ireland would not be left behind as abortion laws are relaxed elsewhere.

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