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Anti-G8 protest in Belfast

Hundreds of anti-G8 demonstrators have taken to the streets of Belfast amid a major security operation in Northern Ireland ahead of next week's G8 summit.

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Heavy security presence in Belfast ahead of G8 Summit

The security operation in Belfast, Northern Ireland is on a scale not witnessed in the city before, with hundreds of public order officers flanking the anti-G8 rally.

Scores of fortified Land Rover-type vehicles were parked up on side streets ready to be deployed while police helicopters circled constantly overhead.

Police in riot gear guard a branch of McDonald's in Belfast, Northern Ireland Credit: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Police have made 260 temporary holding cells available for potential trouble-makers while 16 judges are on stand-by to preside over special courts.

So far any trouble has been restricted to a few individuals or small groups.

Police on duty in Belfast Credit: Niall Carson/PA Wire

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