October 22, 2018

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Riot police called over anti-refugee protest in Belfast

Riot police called over anti-refugee protest in Belfast

Dozens of police officers, some in riot gear, were called when a group of loyalists – demonstrating against the arrival of Syrian refugees into Northern Ireland – threatened to clash with anti-racist activists on Saturday.

The demonstration against the Stormont government’s decision to take in 51 Syrians fleeing the civil war was held at Belfast city hall at 10.30am, organised by the hardline Protestant Coalition.

Around 30 loyalists, some of whom have had previous involvement with the British National Party and other far right organisations, were heavily outnumbered by a larger gathering of anarchists, socialists and members of churches opposed to the protest. Read more

 

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