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Major police operation in Belfast as anti-internment march hits the city

Dozens of officers were injured last year in loyalist rioting after the march.

POLICE IN NORTHERN Ireland are staging a large-scale operation in Belfast as a republican anti-internment march takes to the streets.

At the same protest last year, loyalist rioting left dozens of police officers injured after they were attacked.

Britain Northern Ireland Rioting AP Photo / Peter Morrison AP Photo / Peter Morrison / Peter Morrison

This afternoon’s began earlier at 1pm, and a raft of road restrictions are due to remain in place until 2.30pm.

As many as 4,000 are expected to take part in this afternoon’s parade, which marks the introduction of internment in 1971.

Two other protests, organised by Loyal People’s Protest and Shankill Residents Group are also due to take place.

In pics: 26 PSNI officers injured in violent clashes in Belfast city >

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