Hundreds of military veterans attended a rally in Belfast amid tight security on Friday as a dissident republican counter protest took place just yards away.
The rally was organised by the Justice For Northern Ireland Veterans (JFNIV) in protest at criminal proceedings being brought against soldiers involved in fatal shootings during the Troubles.
A counter demonstration by dissident group Saoradh had been given the go-ahead by the Parades Commission, sparking concern there would be an attempt to disrupt the JFNIV rally.
However, despite a tense atmosphere around Donegall Square North, the 120-strong Saoradh demonstration in Donegall Place paraded back to Castle Place around 11.35am – breaching a Parades Commission direction to disperse at Donegall Place.
Using a public address system, police also warned the republican protesters they had breached the commission’s determination by singing and chanting.
The JFNIV event in Belfast was timed to coincide with others taking place at Horse Guards Parade in London and in Glasgow’s George Square.
Addressing the 500 veterans and their supporters at the front of the city hall, former Royal Irish captain Doug Beattie MC said the current historic investigation process was loaded against those who served the state.