Protestant civil rights parade takes place in Londonderry

�/Presseye.com - 27th January 2013.  Press Eye Ltd - Northern Ireland''Loyalist Civil Rights parade, Londonderry.''Mandatory Credit Photo Lorcan Doherty / Presseye.com
�/Presseye.com - 27th January 2013. Press Eye Ltd - Northern Ireland''Loyalist Civil Rights parade, Londonderry.''Mandatory Credit Photo Lorcan Doherty / Presseye.com

A Protestant civil rights march took place in Londonderry on Sunday.

Carrying a banner that read “The innocent victims of Ulster cry out for justice” as well as Union flags, several hundred people gathered in Bonds Street before parading along the main Londonderry to Belfast road and along Irish Street before returning to Bonds Street for speeches.

�/Presseye.com - 27th January 2013.  Press Eye Ltd - Northern Ireland''Loyalist Civil Rights parade, Londonderry. Willie Frazer.''Mandatory Credit Photo Lorcan Doherty / Presseye.com

�/Presseye.com - 27th January 2013. Press Eye Ltd - Northern Ireland''Loyalist Civil Rights parade, Londonderry. Willie Frazer.''Mandatory Credit Photo Lorcan Doherty / Presseye.com

Victims campaigner William Frazer, Londonderry DUP councillor Gary Middleton, UKIP Newry councillor Henry Reilly were among those who addressed the crowd using a loudspeaker.

As well as expressing anger at the December decision of Belfast City centre to reduce the number of days the Union flag is flown from Belfast City Hall from all year round to 20 statutory days, the speakers also called for justice for innocent victims of the Troubles and claims that loyalist culture is being undermined.

Meanwhile relatives of the victims of Bloody Sunday also staged their annual march in Londonderry yesterday.

Around 1,000 people took part in the march around the Bogside.