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Dissidents linked to parade halt

Fireworks at Tall ships festival
The planned parade was to be part of the Tall Ships festival

The MoD has said it cancelled a planned band parade by Royal Marines in Belfast because it did not want to antagonise dissident republican protestors.

The band had been due to play at the Tall Ships festival on Friday.

Four members of the republican group eirigi staged a protest at a Royal Navy vessel berthed at the docks as part of the Tall Ships event.

Thousands of people have been attending the festival in the docks area, which will end on Sunday.



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