PICCHETTO LEALISTA A NORTH BELFAST
Loyalists hold a white line protest at interface area Twaddell Avenue facing the Ardoyne shops area this afternoon watched by armed PSNI officers. Tensions are still running high in the area following two nights of rioting. Picture Charles McQuillan/Pacemaker.
Loyalists have staged a “white line protest” at Twaddell Avenue in north Belfast.
The Belfast Telegraph understands it is one of four demonstrations planned to take place across the city on Sunday.
Translink has suspended all Metro 11 (Shankill Road) services until further notice.
The protest follows two nights of violence in north Belfast after the banning of a controversial Orange Order parade from passing the republican Ardoyne area on the Crumlin Road.
Four hundred extra police officers from Great Britain were deployed to Northern Ireland yesterday.
More than 600 mutual aid officers from England, Scotland and Wales were already in the region supporting the PSNI operation as tensions surrounding the traditional Twelfth of July commemorations spiralled into disorder.
The Orange Order had originally called for protests against the determination of the Parades Commission adjudication body but, in the wake of Friday’s violence, senior Orangemen called for protest action to be suspended.
However plans for further protests on Sunday at Castlereagh Street, O’Neill’s Road and Crumlin Road have since been circulating on social media sites.