Major security operation as two parades pass off without incident in Belfast

Sunday 25 August 2013 19.25
Major operation put in place by PSNI in advance of parades in Belfast
Major operation put in place by PSNI in advance of parades in Belfast

Two controversial parades, one involving loyalists and the second by republicans, passed off peacefully in North Belfast this afternoon where the PSNI mounted a huge security operation involving hundreds of officers.

During the first event two Orange bands were allowed to pass past Saint Patrick's Catholic Church, but were limited to playing solemn music.

A quarter of a mile away, a republican flute band marched to the grave of Henry Joy McCracken.

In recent years significant rioting has taken place in this area.

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