Loyalist parade takes place in Belfast

Sunday 22 September 2013 17.19
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Police had warned the protesters that the parade was illegal, but officers did not intervene
Police had warned the protesters that the parade was illegal, but officers did not intervene
It was part of ongoing protests over the Union flag issue and the re-routing Orange Order parades
It was part of ongoing protests over the Union flag issue and the re-routing Orange Order parades
It was part of the ongoing protests over the Union flag issue and the re-routing Orange Order parades
It was part of the ongoing protests over the Union flag issue and the re-routing Orange Order parades

A loyalist protest parade passed through Belfast City centre without incident.

A major security operation was in place as the march began.

Over a thousand loyalists took part in the march from Belfast City Hall.

It was part of the ongoing protests over the Union flag issue and the re-routing Orange Order parades.

There was a heavy police presence in and around Belfast City Hall as the parade began.

There were no reports of any incidents.

Police had warned the protesters that as they had delayed the start of the march in breach of a Parades Commission ruling, the parade was illegal, but officers did not intervene.

The march made its way to the loyalist Shankill Road area where more protesters joined the parade.