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Party defends homecoming protest

Belfast skyline

A rally organised in protest at a homecoming parade for troops returning from Iraq and Afghanistan has been defended by Sinn Féin.

It is planned for the same day, 2 November, as the homecoming event in Belfast city centre.

"I'm on record, saying I want to see as many of these British troops coming home uninjured," said Paul Maskey MLA.

"But many thousands of people expressed their concern with regards to these illegal wars."

Mr Maskey added that he thought Belfast "as a city, should not be getting involved in the issue" by welcoming the troops home.




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