PSNI pelted with missiles after stopping republican parade

Marchers take part in a republican anti-internment rally in Belfast beginning in the north of the city and was stopped by Police on the Old Park Road
Marchers take part in a republican anti-internment rally in Belfast beginning in the north of the city and was stopped by Police on the Old Park Road

Police have come under attack after stopping a contentious republican parade entering Belfast city centre.

The halting of the anti-internment march in a nationalist area in the north of the city passed off without incident, however, officers were forced to deploy water cannon an hour later when a crowd threw petrol bombs, stones and bottles at them.

The disturbances were sporadic.

The parade had originally been granted permission by the Parades Commission to pass through the city centre, but only before 1.30pm.

The restriction was imposed by the Government-appointed adjudication body to minimise disruption to city life.

In previous years the parade has proceeded through the city.