The Parades Commission has declined to carry out a formal review of conditions placed on a massive loyalist parade in Belfast tomorrow.
Using the name Loyal Peaceful Protestors, the grouping had expressed its intention to have 5,000 people on parade and 5,000 supporters.
Organisers say their concerns range from “political policing”, a “cultural war” against them by Sinn Fein, the removal of the Union Flag from City Hall and their feeling of being “second-class citizens”.
They applied to leave City Hall at 2pm – making their way along Royal Avenue towards the Woodvale Road.
However, the commission said they must start at 12.30pm and be clear of the city centre by 1pm. The decision has annoyed organisers, who say many of those attending had already booked buses and that it is difficult to change the time at such late notice.
One of the organisers said: “For the last two weeks we have been in constant contact with the operational police in Belfast, getting everything set in place for this parade.”
He added: “We want this to go off peacefully – that’s why we had arranged everything through the police.”
The commission said city centre businesses had highlighted concerns about the potential impact on trading.