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Two injured during anti-internment parade in Belfast

One officer and a members of the public sustained minor injuries in the parade which saw thousands take to the streets.

THE PSNI HAS said that two people were injured in a republican anti-internment parade which took place in Belfast yesterday.

The demonstration, which started at 1pm, saw up to 4,000 people take to the streets. It marked the introduction of internment in 1971.

Speaking after the parade yesterday, PSNI Assistant Chief Constable Mark Hamilton said it had passed off with “minor trouble” with a number of fireworks and missiles thrown as the parade passed through Royal Avenue.

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“One officer and one member of the public are reported to have each sustained a minor injury,” he said.

There was a considerable policing operation put in place throughout the city centre today to ensure that the Parades Commission determinations in respect of the parade and the associated protests were upheld. Our focus was, as always, on keeping people safe.

Hamilton said police will now review all evidence gathered and pursue relevant lines of inquiry relating to any offences or breaches of the Parades Commission determinations.

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