‘Ulster says no to refugees’ say marchers

The anti-refugee rally
The anti-refugee rally

Ulster says no to refugees was the message spelt out during a protest march in Belfast on Saturday.

Organised by the Protestant Coalition, marchers held banners spelt out their opposition to refugees coming to Northern Ireland.

Anti-refugee protesters.

Anti-refugee protesters.

Instead the marchers called for more support for veterans, troops and the homeless.

On Friday in the High Court, Mr Justice Deeny denied an attempt from a Syrian refugee to prevent the march going ahead.

However, the applicant was granted permission to legally challenge the Parades Commission decision to allow the march.

He emphasised: “The organisers are obliged to refrain from using words which could be perceived to be sectarian, and making claims about the Prophet Muhammad of the sort in some of these Facebook pages would be clearly sectarian and might be considered provocative, insulting or threatening.”

Emergency legal action was brought on behalf of the refugee, who was granted anonymity amid fears he could be at risk if his identity was revealed.