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Army parade 'provocative' - SF

 The Royal Irish Regiment's homecoming parade in Shrewsbury after returning from Afghanistan. Pic MoD/PA wire
The Royal Irish Regiment's homecoming parade in Shrewsbury after returning from Afghanistan.

Sinn Féin has repeated its demand for an armed forces' homecoming parade being held in Belfast to be called off.

Assembly member Jennifer McCann said the parade, planned for this Sunday, was an insult to the nationalist community of Belfast.

"It's not about not welcoming these people home, but they don't have to do it in a coat-trailing exercise," Ms McCann said.

"They should call the parade off, that way there will not be any trouble."

On Monday, First Minister Peter Robinson said the Parades Commission's decision to allow the Sinn Féin parade was a "recipe for disaster".

Last week, the commission said it wanted to accommodate the homecoming parade and "a legitimate protest in a way which ensures that peace is maintained".




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