Orangemen parade past St Patricks Roman Catholic Church in Belfast. This is a contentious flashpoint between the Protestant marchers and the Catholic community.

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Orangemen parade past St Patricks Roman Catholic Church in Belfast. This is a contentious flashpoint between the Protestant marchers and the Catholic community.
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150 local residents from the Carrick Hill area were granted permission by the Parades Commission to stage a protest against the parade. One bottle was thrown at the protesters from the passing parade. Unionist supporters were banned by the Parades commission ruling from a 500m section of Donegall Street. A PSNI cordon was imposed at the top and bottom of the road. Around 1000 protestant supporters gathered at the bottom to welcome the parade as they passed on their way to Belfast City Hall, and on to Stormont. The parade will leave Stormont Estate at 4pm to return along the same route to Carlisle Circus, where they are expected around 6pm. An estimated 30,000 people took part in the parade, with over 100,000 spectators and supporters lining the six mile route. This event is the largest policing operation in Northern Ireland in over 20 years.
Location: Belfast, Northern Ireland