Apprentice Boys parade passes off peacefully in North Belfast

14/08/2004 - 09:33:41

Today's Apprentice Boys parade in North Belfast has passed off peacefully.

A massive army and police presence blocked their path before the Apprentice boys boarded a bus to take them past the Ardoyne.

The spokesman for the Apprentice Boys, Tommy Cheevers, handed over a letter of protest. He said he was "utterly disgusted" and that the order would be challenging the Parades Commission's decision in court.

He maintained that all the nationalists had to do was to threaten violence at the main Apprentice Boys Parade and they got their way.

PUP councillor Billy Hutchinson accused the nationalists in the Ardoyne who objected to the parade of "naked sectarianism and bigotry".

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