PSNI investigating alleged assault at pro-Palestinian rally at Belfast City Hall

People attending a Rally in support of Palestine
People attending a Rally in support of Palestine

Police are investigating an alleged assault outside Belfast City Hall at a pro-Palestinian rally.

The rally, held yesterday afternoon, had been organised by the Irish Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU).

A PSNI spokesman said: “At 5.20pm on Saturday (19th) a man attended Musgrave police station and made an allegation of assault. The incident is alleged to have taken place in Belfast city centre earlier in the day. The matter is now being investigated.”

Later, in a statement, PUP leader Billy Hutchinson has said that “all protests should be peaceful and that people should respect the rights of others to protest even if they don’t agree with their viewpoints”.

“Some of the scenes at the protests today in Belfast left a lot to be desired, and when one group of protesters spits on another, it does nothing to further their cause but rather undermines the democratic right to protest. It is disgusting behaviour.”

“Regardless of the rights and wrongs of the situation in Gaza and Israel, and who is to blame, people are losing their lives and the focus should be on ‎ending the conflict to ensure that no more lives are lost and ordinary people can live in peace.”