Organisers of today’s loyalist parade through Belfast have claimed that 200 marshals will ensure no one intent on causing trouble can take part.
The Parades Commission has ruled that the proposed 2pm demonstration, which aims to attract up to 10,000 participants and supporters, must start at 12.30pm and be clear of the city centre by 1pm.
The Loyal Peaceful Protesters group has said the enforced change has angered many of those travelling to take part - but are vowing to turn away anyone drinking alcohol, or those concealing their identities with hoods or scarves.
One of the organisers, who did not wish to be named, said: “This is a human rights parade and we want it kept peaceful. We don’t want anyone there with drink or coming intoxicated.”
He said the protest will highlight loyalist concerns over what he called “political policing,” and the “culture war” being waged against their community by Sinn Fein.
The protesters had asked the Parades Commission to carry out a formal review of their original time change decision but this was refused. In its determination, the commission said city centre businesses had raised concerns about the potential impact of the parade on the busiest trading day of the week.