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Hundreds attend peace rally in Belfast city centre

Peace campaigners linked arms and formed a human chain around Belfast City Hall in opposition to recent unrest.

Paul Faith/PA Wire/Press Association Images
Paul Faith/PA Wire/Press Association Images

HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE have attended a peace rally in Belfast city centre today in response to recent unrest over the decision to restrict the flying of the union flag at City Hall.

The peace campaigners from all sides of the community linked arms and formed a human chain around the building, which organiser Andrew Masters said sent out a powerful message of the desire for peace.

RTÉ News quotes Masters as saying: “We feel that this year has been in many ways incredibly positive… but what the past 10 days have shown us is that we have come so far we still have quite a journey ahead of us.”

At least 30 police officers have been injured in disorder which erupted during loyalist protests against the decision to reduce the number of days the union flag is flown over Belfast’s city hall.

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