Counter-protests policing operation ‘proportionate’

A large police presence was visible on the streets of Belfast city centre on Good Friday. Credit: Pacemaker

Police have said that the policing operation in Belfast city centre was “appropriate and proportionate”, following the veterans’ rally and republican counter-protest on Friday.

The demonstration heard calls from speakers for an end to what they claimed was a “witch-hunt” against former security forces members over Troubles killings.

The smaller counter-protest was held by anti-Agreement republicans, as a police line kept the two sides apart.

Both demonstrations passed off without incident.

PSNI Superintendent Melanie Jones said: “Police will now review all evidence gathered and pursue all relevant lines of inquiry relating to any offences or breaches of the Parades Commission determinations.”

All those involved in the counter-demonstrations dispersed without incident. Credit: Pacemaker