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G8 protester fast-tracked through court after failure to remove disguise

Police said the 19-year-old was also charged with disorderly behaviour and resisting arrest

File photo of anti-G8 protest in Belfast
File photo of anti-G8 protest in Belfast
Image: Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland

A 19-YEAR-OLD male who was arrested in Bedford Street, Belfast, at a G8 summit protest has been charged with disorderly behaviour, resisting police and failure to remove a disguise when required.

Police said that he appeared at Belfast Magistrates’ Court and as part of the G8 criminal justice strategy, he was ‘fast-tracked’. He received a conditional discharge for disorderly behaviour, £150 fine for failure to remove a disguise and £150 for resisting arrest.

The 19-year-old had been part of a small group of proteters who made their way from the Falls Road to Belfast City Hall. To date there have been only two arrests – one in Belfast and one in Eniskillen over the past two days.

Commenting on the policing and security operation today ACC Alistair Finlay said that all world leaders arrived safely in Lough Erne and the operation continues to progress “very well”.

This evening there will be a protest in Enniskillen at 6pm and the police have reiterated that protests were welcome “as long as they were peaceful” and said they will continue to engage with protesters and consult with communities.

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