PSNI stop anti-internment parade in Belfast

PSNI stop anti-internment parade in Belfast

Police in the North have stopped a contentious anti-internment parade making its way through Belfast.

The Parades Commission had given the march the go-ahead for today on the strict condition that the parade left the city centre by no later than 1.30pm.

The Anti-Internment League defied the Parades Commission and began walking an hour after they were supposed to finish.

The PSNI said they were upholding the Parades Commission ruling and have stopped marchers on the corner of the Oldpark Road and Rosapenna Street.

PSNI vehicles on Royal Avenue, Belfast today. Picture: PA

Some 5,000 Republicans were estimated to be taking part in the anti-internment parade, while three opposition Loyalist parades are running alongside.

PSNI assistant chief constable Stephen Martin called for calm.

“A substantial police operation is currently in place and we are committed to ensuring that we keep people safe and protect and uphold the rights of all those involved,” he said.

Speakers have begun to deliver speeches to parade participants via loud hailer at the police lines.

Update 15.43:The parade dispersed peacefully after participants staged a rally in front of the police lines. The cordon has now been partially lifted.

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