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Police praise after parade passes
Police removed protesters from the road
Police have praised all sides after an Orange Order parade passed a north Belfast flashpoint without incident following a peaceful protest.

Nationalists staging a sit-down protest on the Crumlin Road were removed by police before the parade passed housing and shops at Ardoyne.

Police said they dealt with an "illegal protest" by about 60 people.

They are concerned about this evening's return march through the area as there was serious trouble last year.

The police and Army have described their security operation in Ardoyne as significant, but said they would adapt their plans depending on what happens.

No-one has been hurt, there has been no disorder and I think people on all sides of the community should be congratulated
Superintendent Gary White

Speaking after the protest, Superintendent Gary White said his officers had acted in a disciplined and restrained manner.

"I also think people within the crowd were exercising a fair amount of restraint and discipline," Mr White said.

"The parade has now gone through, no-one has been hurt, there has been no disorder and I think people on all sides of the community should be congratulated."

Meanwhile, police have said that Orange Order members were prevented from laying a wreath at a Presbyterian Church in Dunloy, County Antrim, by an "illegal protest".

Police said the Orangemen complied with a Parades Commission determination which limited the Dunloy lodge to marching in the area immediately outside its hall.

The lodge members wanted to travel by car to the church but protesters used vehicles to block the road.

Following negotiations the vehicles were removed, however a standoff is continuing.

Police have appealed for "common sense to prevail".

The Ardoyne protest was attended by Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams and his party colleagues Gerry Kelly and Bairbre de Brun, as well as SDLP members including Alex and Tim Attwood.

Security was in place while parade passed flashpoint area
Security was in place while parade passed flashpoint area

Also there was a priest from the area, Father Aidan Troy.

He said, while the situation was tense, there had been no violence.

He said police had removed protesters on the road one-by-one but had not been making arrests.

The SDLP praised "the responsible behaviour of both police and protesters at Ardoyne".

Meanwhile, a parade through a contentious route in west Belfast has also passed off peacefully.

More than 50 nationalists held a silent roadside protest on the Springfield Road as an Orange march turned into Workman Avenue.

Two bands accompanying lodges were not allowed to play music as part of a Parades Commission ruling.

The commission banned the parade from returning along the same route in the evening.

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